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How to make cornhole boards

Some friends of mine asked me to make them some cornhole boards recently, and I was happy to do it! This is a really simple project, but it’s a fun game, and a great thing to have around for parties. My kids LOVE playing as well, so I’ll probably end up making myself a set of these before summer time.

You could easily accomplish this project with a drill, jigsaw and a circular saw (although I used some other tools to speed up the project). When you’re finished, you can paint it to match your favorite team, or personalize it with something else that you love.

What you need:

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Optional

  • 2 handles
  • 2 latches

Here’s a quick overview of how it’s built.

 

Cut plywood down to 2 sheets, each measuring 24″x48″


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Cut down enough 1×4 to make a frame for each piece of plywood.


 

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Drill pocket holes in the frame to connect the pieces.


 

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Connect the frame pieces with pocket hole screws.


 

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Glue on the plywood, then nail it in place with brads.


 

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Draw a 6″ diameter circle 9″ from the top of the board, and horizontally centered.


 

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Drill a pilot hole, then cut out the circle with a jigsaw.


 

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Smooth inside of cut circle with sandpaper or a sanding drum in a drill.


 

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Cut four pieces of 2×4 to approx. 13″


 

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Trim off a semi-circle on the end of each leg.


 

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Drill a hole in the top of each leg, the same distance from the top, and both sides.


 

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Using the same measurements from the hole in the legs, drill a hole in the frame.


 

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Mount the legs to the frame with 3 1/2″ bolts, nuts and washers.


 

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With one of the boards support, measure 12″ down from the top of the board, to find where the leg should hit the ground. Mark this line on the leg.


 

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Transfer the angle to all four legs.


 

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Trim off the angle on each leg.


 

 

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Add a latch to each end, connecting the boards. Also add a handle to one side.

 

After that, you’re all done! Prime and paint them however you like!

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  • Saul Zuniga

    I like the work that you did with the cornhole boards. I am about to attempt to make them this weekend and I saw the video, but is there anyway you could give me a rough estimate as to how much the cost was? Also, if its possible, could you give me a list of tools and material that i would need.

    • Bob

      Sweet! please post pictures after you build them!
      The tools are listed above, or shown in the video, but a jigsaw will help a lot with the holes. Otherwise, a drill and a tablesaw/circular saw is all you need.
      I’m going to update the article above with a materials list. Good luck!!

  • Cole

    Hey awesome project! I am going to make some of these this week sometime, but I have a few questions.
    What size of screws did you use?
    Where did you get the sport team decals to put on the boards?
    Thanks in advance, keep up the great work man!

    • Bob

      Thanks! The screws were 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ and I got the stickers from amazon, but I’ve also seen them on eBay for about the same price. Good luck!

  • Hileia Freybe

    I made these shortly after watching your video for my dad for his bday and was amazed how easy they were. Keep in my I have little to zero carpentry skills and still made this come to life. Thanks for all your videos!!!! Would you be willing to do folding beerpong tables sometime?

    • Bob

      That’s great to hear! I’m so glad it was helpful!!
      It’s pretty unlikely that I’d make the beer pong tables, I usually only make stuff that fills a need for me or someone I know. However, I bet you know enough now to make them! 😉

  • Greg

    I am almost done making this with my daughter for boyfriend. My question is how far from the edge of thefront board should the legs be placed or does it matter? It looks like about between 1 and two inches.
    Thanks,:)

    • Greg

      I watched the video and got my answer! I should have done that before asking Thanks: 3 1/2 inches from the top!

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  • Doug Keeling

    Hey Bob, thanks for posting such awesome videos! I’m planning on trying this as a first venture into minor woodworking. I keep seeing everyone using nail guns and talking about using brad nails, and it’s a little confusing. I know there’s a big difference between a nail gun a roofer would use and something that shoots these little buggers.

    So anyway, I like the idea of using the 1×4’s rather than 2×4’s and I’ve seen some fairly inexpensive staple guns that are also brad tackers. Do you think something like that would be sufficient (since I don’t have a brad “gun”)?

    • http://www.iliketomakestuff.com I Like To Make Stuff

      I think it really just depends on the gauge and length of brads that it can shoot and that just depends on what you need.
      I would keep an eye out at Harbor Freight, they have air compressors and all sorts of nailers for pretty cheap, and there are often significant discount coupons.
      Also, check out craigslist for some used stuff to get started.

      • Doug Keeling

        Thank you! I’ll definitely take a look at Harbor Freight. Just out of curiosity, what gauge of brads did you use for this?

        • http://www.iliketomakestuff.com I Like To Make Stuff

          My gun shoots 18 gauge

        • http://iliketomakestuff.com Bob

          My gun shoots 18 gauge.