Now that the fall weather is just about PERFECT, it’s time to get out there and start tailgating for your favorite football team! – I must admit… i’m a Maryland Girl so no Tar Heels for me but a good tailgate is a good tailgate and even better with a set of cornhole boards!
This set shown was made for a style shoot and would be perfect to make for your own wedding! Think about how much fun guests will have during the cocktail hour or even your outdoor reception and the best part is – you can customize them to your personal style and keep them long after the wedding. See how you can make your own:
Time: 5-6 hours
Materials: (not including paint materials)
Four 8’ 2”x4” Boards
Two 1/2” Sheets of Plywood – 2’x4’
Four 4.5” long, 3/8” Diameter Carriage Bolts
Four 3/8” Flat Washers
Four 3/8” Wing Nuts
2.5” Wood Screws (1 box)
Orbital Saw or Miter Saw
1. Using the Orbital Saw or Miter Saw cut two of the 2’x4’s into 4 foot pieces. This will give you four 4-foot pieces, which will be the sides of your frames. Be sure to measure each piece so they are exact each time.
2. Then take the third 2’x4’ and cut into four 2 foot pieces for both ends of the frame.
3. Now take the last piece and cut four 1 foot pieces for the legs. You will have extra wood left over but it’s always good to have some insurance in case one of your other cuts is not as accurate.
4. On a workbench, lay out your board frame and construct using the wood screws. You will want to drill a starter hole slightly smaller in diameter to assist the wood screws into place for a better fit. Use two screws per joint; make sure all of the corners are flush even if you have to force the last edge into place. Don’t worry if there is a little distortion in the frames, they will straighten out again once you attach the top board.
If you do not want the screws to show after you paint, be sure to counter-sink them into the wood. This will allow you to fill them in with putty later on.
5. Now that you have the frames for you boards, you need to attach the top piece of plywood. Set the board on the frame (sanded side up) and have an extra hand to help hold it in place while you drill screws into the board every 4–5 inches around.
6. Now it’s time to make the hole in the top center of your board. Measure 12” from either side and 9” from the top. Mark it with an X and then use the compass to draw a circle 6” in diameter.
7. With the biggest drill bit you have make a hole at the edge of your circle. This will be the starting point for the jigsaw.
8. Insert the jigsaw blade into the hole you just drilled and follow the line to cut out the circle. Smooth out any rough patches in your cut with sandpaper.
9. Now that you have the boards together and the holes cut, it’s time to make the legs. The legs must lift the board 12” off the ground in the back and extend past the frame. Start by making a mark half way across the face of the leg to estimate where the bolt will go.
10. Using the compass again, draw a half circle using the center point that you just drew, across the top of the leg. You will then cut along this line with the jigsaw. This cut will allow the legs of the board to fold up when they are not in use.
11. Sit your boards face down now and align the leg about 2” from the top of the frame. Transfer the bolt line from the leg onto the frame so you know where to drill the hole. Clamp the leg into place.
12. Using the 3/8” bit and power drill make a hole for the bolt clean through the frame and leg. You will need to press down firmly and help the drill through. If you have a large range of bits, you can gradually make the hole bigger until you reach 3/8”
13. Slide the bolt into place using a hammer and secure with the washer and wing nut. Now that your legs can fold up into place, you are ready to paint!
We hope you enjoy creating these boards and can get some creative inspiration from what you’ve seen today on our blog!