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This was a fun project and like most projects I learned a thing or two. One of the things I learned and worth mentioning here was…

 




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This was a fun project, and like most projects, I learned a thing or two. One of the things I learned, and worth mentioning here, was that even though I was working with 1/2″ plywood, the six-inch hole saw would’ve probably done better with a corded drill. I used my 20v cordless drill with the hole saw, and I let a little smoke out. I don’t think I let all the smoke out because the thing still works. Thanks for reading this, and I hope you enjoy it.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE


MATERIALS AND TOOLS

If you haven’t watched the video by now, I recommend watching that first (link above) as it will provide a better understanding to what I’m about to explain…

First is our material list (for one set):
– 1/2 sheet of plywood, let me say that by using pre-finished plywood will provide the slick surface you need for playing.
– four 8′ long 2×4’s
– four 4.5″ long 3/8″ diameter bolts (carriage bolts)
– four 3/8″ flat washers
– four 3/8″ wing nuts or hex nuts
– one box of 2.5″ wood screws

You’ll also need beanbags to play. Affiliate link

Jig saw (instead of hole saw)


BUILD THE BOARDS
These are steps that we took to complete the build process. If you see an alternate way to do something safely please feel free to do that.
STEP 1:
If you purchased a half sheet of plywood, cut that in half. You need two 2′ x 4′ pieces.
STEP 2:
Cut the 2×4’s down to size as follows:
– Cut 48″ from each 2×4 (these will be the long sides)
– Cut 21″ from each of the other halves of the 2×4 (these will be the short top and bottom of the frame)
– Cut 16″ from the leftover 27″ pieces (these will be the legs) You will be left with 11″ cut-offs.
STEP 3:
Assemble the frame into a rectangular shape placing the shorter 21″ pieces between the longer 48″ pieces at each end creating a frame. Then glue and attach the 2’x4′ piece of plywood to the frame (smooth side up).
STEP 4:
Mark the leg for the bolt location. Measure and mark 1″ down from the end of the 2×4 and 1.5″ from the side. Where the two lines intersect is where your bolt will pass through. Now, turn the game board you made in the previous step over (bottom side up) and place the leg, you just marked, parallel to one of the insides. Place a small scrap 2×4 against the inside top (short side) of the frame and slide the leg up to the scrap piece so essentially the leg is an 1.5″ from the top. Hold or clamp the leg in place and drill a 3/8″ hole all the way through the leg and frame from the inside. (optional: clamp a scrap 2×4 on the outside of the frame where the drill bit will exit to prevent tear-out.
STEP 5:
Assemble and secure the legs. Line the hole in the leg up with the hole in the side frame piece. Insert the 4.5″ bolt from the outside. You might have to tap the bolt in place with a mallet so it stays in place and doesn’t spin when you tighten the nut. Next, slide the flat washer onto the bolt and then the nut. Tighten it all down so the legs don’t swing freely.
STEP 6:
Cut the legs to length. Place the game board on a table and find something random to place under the short edge of the board closest to the six inch hole. You need for the top edge of the game board to be 12″ off the table. Next, pull down the leg and let it hang off the side of the table. Extend the leg all the way out. Now, mark the leg with a pencil using the table as a reference. This should give you the correct angle to cut.
STEP 7:
Last step is to cut where you just marked the leg. You can either take the leg off to cut it or you can cut it with the leg in place. I recommend you doing what you feel comfortable with. After you cut the legs to length this concludes the build process of the set of cornhole boards.


Image credit: The American Cornhole Organization

The American Cornhole Organization provides this video on “Understanding Cornhole” on their website.
WATCH THE VIDEO
GAME RULES

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