DIY Cornhole Board

Building your own cornhole board is easy and can be completed in as little as an afternoon.

Shopping List

  • 2×4 1/2-inch plywood (2)
  • 2x4x8 planks (4)
  • Wood Clamps
  • 3/4 inch wood screws
  • Circular Saw/Table Saw
  • Jig Saw/Router (to drill holes) – For mine I actually used a dremel tool with a router attachment.
  • Drill and 5/8 drill bit
  • 5/8 inch lag bolts, 4 inches long (4)
  • 5/8 washers (12)
  • 5/8 lock nut (4)
  • Compass
  • Wood putty
  • Primer (1qt) – have them tint slightly if using dark paint. I used Glidden Gripper.
  • Exterior, semi-gloss, Paint
  • Set of 8 cornhole bags, plastic filled. Purchased mine from Amazon.

Cut List

  • 4 pieces, 48 inches long, from 2 of the 2x4x8 planks
  • 4 pieces, 21 inches long, from 1 of the 2x4x8 planks
  • 4 pieces, 13 inches long, from the last of the 2x4x8 planks

 

Instructions

  1. Measure a center point on the 2×4 plywood piece by measuring 12 inches out from the side and 9 inches down from the top of one of the pieces
  2.  Set your compass to a radius of 3 inches (6 inch diameter) and using the center point you measured in step one, draw a circle
  3. Drill a pilot hole towards the inside line of the circle you just drew.
  4. Using your jig saw, cut out the circle using the line you drew in step 2 as your guide.
  5. Repeat on the second 2×4 piece of plywood. The top of your boards are complete.
  6. Clamp your 48 inch pieces of 2×4 along the long ends of the board top. Be sure to align the edges. Screw down using 5 wood screws per 2×4
  7. Repeat on both long edges on both boards but before you screw them down, be sure the 21 inch 2×4 boards fit in the ends of the short ends of your cornhole boards
  8. Clamp your 21 inch pieces of 2×4 along the short ends of the board top. Screw down using 5 wood screws per 2×4. You now have two finished cornhole board tops2014-04-15 17.44.36
  9. For the legs, you’ll need the 13 inch pieces of 2×4′s you cut previously.
  10. Measure 1 3/4 inches from the edge of each of your 2×4 pieces as well as 1 3/4 from the side. March the center point. This is where you’ll drill and insert the lag bolts
  11. Flip over your cornhold board top
  12. Stand each 2×4 leg so it is perpendicular in the top corners (end where the hole is
  13. Secure each leg to the top using a wood clamp
  14. Using the center point you marked earlier, drill from the inside out using the 5/8 drill bit. Make sure the drill bit goes through both 2×4′s. Repeat on the other side and again on the other board
  15. Starting from the outside, insert your lag bolt and 1 washer. Push all the way through
  16. Add another washer to your lag bolt and then push the leg over the lag bolt.
  17. Again, add a washer and the lock nut and secure. Repeat 4 times.
  18. Flip your board over so it is right side up. Place it on top of the other board so we can cut the legs to the desired angle and height
  19. You’ll need to ensure the legs are extended and able to hang over the side of the other board. Using a paint can and anything else, you’ll need to prop up the end of the board so from the bottom to the top of the board measures 12 inches. Scribe this line which you’ll later cut off with a circular saw. Repeat on the other leg and then repeat the process on the other board2014-04-19 13.02.53
  20. Remove the hardware and remove the legs
  21. Using your circular saw, cut along the line you just traced in step 19 which will give you the angle you’ll need to keep the boards 12 inches off the ground.
  22. Before attach the legs, we have to trim a little in order to make them fold easily.
  23. At the end of the 2×4, where the lag bolt goes through, trace and cut 45 degree angles so a “V” is formed at the top of the leg. Does not need to be exact so long as the point where the leg meets the ends when extended, is flush.2014-04-19 12.59.01 

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  24. Seal and finish the boards as you wish. Will be best to apply a coat of primer before painting.
  25. Add handles if you wish for easy transporting