Make Your Own Cornhole Boards!

11 Materials
$75
4 Hours
Medium

This is a fun project to make your own cornhole boards. Cornhole is a fun game that you can play in the backyard, while tailgating, or even in the basement. Tossing bean bags at a board with a hole in it -- how hard can it be? Right? :)


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I'd consider this project to be moderate in difficulty, but you can do it!

Step 1 - Wood and Cut Measurements



  • (2) 24″ x 48″ pieces of 1/2″ plywood for the surface
  • (4) 2×4 x 48″ for the frame
  • (4) 2×4 x 21″ for the frame
  • (4) 2×4 x 11-1/2″ for the legs


Other materials you'll need


  • (2) Handles
  • 2½” deck screws
  • (4) 3/8″ x 4″ carriage bolts with (4) washers and (4) wing nuts
  • 3/8″ drill bit and drill to make the holes
  • Primer paint
  • Exterior-grade paint
  • Polycrylic (gloss)


Don't forget your Cornhole Champ Shirt!

Step 2


Assemble 2x4 frames. 21" pieces inside the 48" pieces as to create a 2'x4' frame.

Step 3


Attach the plywood to the frames.

Step 4


Round over 1 end of each leg.


Measure 1/2" up from the square bottom, one side, of each leg and draw a line angled down to the opposite corner as seen in the photo. Cut on that line.

Step 5


Flip the platform over and attach the legs, drilling through the legs and cornhole boards at the pivot point. Use your thumb and index finger to determine the proper pivot point. It should be about 1.25" from the end, and 1.25" from the plywood.

Step 6


Finish drilling through the platform and install the bolts, washers and wingnuts as seen in the photos.

Step 7


Cut a 6 inch circle 9" down and 12" from each edge. Use a compass and jig saw or better yet, see where I got this Cornhole board saw that worked like a charm by clicking on my blog link below.

Step 8


Sand the entire piece and then prime it with a quality primer paint.


Once the primer is dry, tape off your design or apply finish paint. I'm making a few stripes...

Finally attach your handles and have a blast playing cornhole!

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Lizzie
    on May 9, 2019

    Really attractive plus storable. Did you make your own bean bags? If so how big and with what material?

    • Kathleen Vetter
      on May 10, 2019

      hi I made my own. The size were 6x6. I used popcorn with each bag weighing 1 lb. each. Hope this helped!

  • Mx BERRY
    on May 17, 2019

    A what-what board? Never heard of it. Please tell me the rules and if you mean corn stalks ie the grass, or sweetcorn, the maize cob? Or sweetcorn kernels? (the bits that look like teeth) thanks! Im British.

    • Mx BERRY
      on May 27, 2019

      Thank you Angie yep it worked! So interesting, its not a game anyone seems to know in England. And fascinating that the Cornhole name is a reference to a trademark, that of a sink clog clearing product!!

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  • Darlene Combs
    on May 11, 2019

    My son was just saying he wanted a set of these! Thanks for sharing this!

    You did a great job!

  • Gmama
    on May 24, 2020

    We are making this and I am confused about where and how the legs are attached and the holes are drilled. Help.

    • Andrew @ ScrappyGeek.com
      on May 24, 2020

      The legs are attached at two corners underneath and inside the 2x4 frame. They're attached to the long 2x4s.


      Step 5 describes how to attach the legs. You'll want to find the natural pivot point for the radius you made on one end of the legs, so they can pivot out of the way and store under the board properly when not in use.


      Place the legs under the board as seen in the photo, and pivot the leg. When you pivot the leg, the spot on the leg that doesn't move is your pivot point - if you place your finger on the pivot point, your finger will not go up or down when you pivot the leg.


      That's where the hole should be drilled through the legs and side of the board to attach the legs.


      I hope that helps!



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