Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY Cornhole Boards

Everyone can agree that cornhole is pretty much the best lawn game ever. Or maybe I'm just biased because I'm actually OK at it. But either way josh and I love it (and usually make a pretty invincible team) so have been playing it every chance we get this summer. And it got to the point where we couldn't keep relying on our family or friends' boards anymore and wanted to get some of our own. We were planning on buying a set on Wayfair (specifically these) but all of the wood board options that were good quality (i.e. not plastic) had pretty big price tags. You can't even get an unfinished wood set that you have to paint yourself like this for under $100. So naturally, off to Home Depot we went to get the supplies needed to make them ourselves. And for a little under $70, we were able to recreate the $200 boards we were originally eyeing. Here's what you need!

Supplies
- 1/2 inch plywood boards (48'x24') (get 2)
- 8 ft. 2x4s (get 4)
- 2.5 inch screws
- 3/8 x 3.5 inch carriage bolts, washers & nuts to attach the legs
- wood glue
- stain or paint in your choice of color
- sandpaper
- polyurethane
- bean bags (I got ours on Etsy)

To get started, print out the measurements so you have them while you are cutting pieces. Josh used these regulation cornhole plans and they were really easy to follow.
Start by making a mark for the center of the holes that will go in each plywood board (9 inches down from the top and 12 inches from each side). Then, mark a 6 inch diameter circle around the spot that you marked and cut it out with a jigsaw. 
Not exactly to most even circle I've ever seen, but we'll take it. Next, cut your 2x4s into the sizes specified above and attach them to the bottom of the plywood boards to make the frame. 
Next, fill in any large screw holes with wood glue, let dry, and then sand the boards down so you have a smooth, even surface. 
Then your ready to paint or stain the boards in any color you'd like. We used the same chocolate brown stain that we used on our patio fence. After painting or staining, make sure to apply a few generous coats of polyurethane. You want the boards to be fairly glossy to help your bags slide in! 
Finally, all you need to do is attach the legs! We probably should have done this before staining, but we wanted to be able to fit them in the car when we headed up to Vermont for the 4th, so josh just attached the legs while we were up there with bolts so they could fold in. Then, it was game time. 
Josh, Mac and I tested them out.
And then others joined in the fun.
These boards really got a lot of love last week on our mini Vermont vacation. They got more sun and sand time than we did, and I can't wait to wear them in even more this summer. How about you? Are you as much of a cornhole addict as I am? Josh and I are accepting challengers. :)


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