DIY Woodworking Project: How to Make Cornhole Boards

Cornhole is quickly becoming one of the most popular backyard games. If you haven’t heard of this great beanbag toss game before, take a few minutes to get acquainted with the sport.

If you have played before, you know this simple, yet addictive, game can be played with people of all ages and abilities. Not only is it simple to play but also simple to build. All it takes is a few hours in the wood shop to build your own set of cornhole boards.

Building your own set of cornhole boards is much more economical. And if you get good at the process, you could even sell them to make some extra cash.

Want to give it a try?

Know the Dimensions

According to the American Cornhole Association, your boards should be 48 inches by 24 inches.  The board is sloped upwards and should be 3 inches high in the front and 12 inches high in the back.  The hole has a diameter of 6 inches and the center of the hole is situated 9 inches from the back of the board.

Board Dimensions

Buy the Supplies

Your boards are going to be made from:

  • Half inch thick, four-by-four foot sheet of plywood
  • You’ll also need four, eight-foot lengths of two-by-fours

For the fasteners, you’ll need:

  • Round up four, 4-1/2 inch long and 3/8 inch diameter carriage bolts
  • Four 3/8 inch flat washers and four 3/8 inch wing nuts to fasten the carriage bolts
  • Additionally, get a box of 2-1/2 inch wood screws

Get the Tools

You’ll need an assortment of tools to complete this project. These include:

  • Either a circular saw, table saw or hand saw
  • A miter saw, or a miter box with a hand saw
  • A measuring tape, compass and pencil for measuring.
  • Clamps to put the board together
  • A power drill with different bits and a hammer for assembly
  • A jigsaw and sandpaper for the holes

Put It All Together

Remember – safety first! Use safety glasses when working with a power tool. A good pair of gloves will keep your hands splinter free. Don’t take a chance with tools you’ve never handled before – get some help or do a little research.

Cut Pieces for the Frame

Cut the two by fours first. You can cut these pieces with a miter saw or a hand saw. Remember the old adage ‘measure twice and cut once’.

  • You need four pieces that are 4 feet long.
  • Next, cut four pieces that are 21 inches long.
  • Lastly, cut four lengths that are 16 inches long.

Cut the Top

Next, cut the plywood. You can use a circular saw, hand saw, or table saw. Make a straight line and follow the line carefully when you cut. Remember to make allowances for the saw blade width.

  • Cut your plywood down into two pieces that are 4 feet long and 2 feet wide.

Build the Frame and Add the Top

Make your frames with the two-by-fours (the 48-inch pieces and the 21-inch pieces) and wood screws. The clamps might help you keep the frames secure while screwing. You should have a two by four box when done. Don’t worry too much about the box not being perfectly straight – the plywood will fix this.

The plywood should fit nicely on top and get fastened on with more wood-screws. It is recommended that you countersink the screws so that they can be hidden with putty and paint.

Cut the Hole

You’ll need the compass to make the hole. Find the center of the hole by measuring nine inches from the top of the board and twelve inches from the sides. Your circle should be six inches in diameter so measure three inches from the radius and make the circle with your compass. Take a drill and make a hole from your jigsaw blade. Your jigsaw will be able to nicely cut out the marked circle. Some sandpaper will smooth out the edges nicely.

Add the Legs

  • The legs are meant to be sturdy but also foldable. Gather the remaining pieces of two-by-four (two 16-inch pieces); these will be the legs.
  • Measure two inches from the top and two inches from the side.
  • At the intersecting point, use your compass to make an arc that extends to the end of the leg. Cut along this semi-circle line.

Cornhole Board Leg

  • Flip your cornhole board over so it is sitting on the plywood top. Measure five inches from the end of the cornhole frame and make a line. The leg should be centered on that line.
  • Drill and hole through the side of the board and the leg; use clamps to keep everything in place.  Carriage bolts will go through this hole. Run the bolt through the hole and secure it with the washer and nut.
  • Adjust the legs so that the board is twelve inches off of the ground in the back.
  • Tighten the nuts on the legs so that the board is at the right level. You might need to cut a few inches off the bottom of the leg to make it the right height.
  • Once the legs have been attached, they should move freely. When not in use, the legs can fold up for easy storage and transport.

DIY Cornhole Board

Repeat the Process

You have one completed cornhole board.  Now, it is time to repeat the process and make the other board!

Cornhole Board

All Set!

You should have a professional looking set of cornhole boards, ready for action.  Feel free to paint and customize the board to your liking.  Then, let the beanbags fly!

Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below.

 

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