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How to build your very own Cornhole Game Set. (Also called Throwing Bags or The Beanbag Game)

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This is a simple instruction manual on how to create your own Cornhole Game. Be kind, this is my first instructable and my picture taking skills aren't what you would call "good."
 
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Step 1: Getting Started

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You'll need to build two gameboards, each one is 2'x4'. I used 1/2" plywood because it's still light enough to throw in your trunk, but sturdy enough it can take an accidential stomping or two. You'll also need 3 or 4 2x4's depending on how you measure and cut, and also on the final design you use.

You'll also need 1 1/2" deck screws and either 2 inch deck screws or nails. You may want to get some small hinges, but we'll get into that later.

Step 2: Start cutting and gluing

First: Take your 1/2 inch plywood and cut two 2'x4' boards. Many lumber yards sell precut boards of this size, and this is what I did. So far this is pretty simple.

Second: You'll need to cut 4 4 foot long pieces of your 2'x4'. I then took each one and glued it to the long side of the plywood. Make sure it's flush with the edge of the board. Clamps make this much easier. (you can skip the glue and go directly to the screwing of the board, but I had a bottle of glue around)

Third: Predrill the holes and make sure to countersink the heads of the screw. Then use your 1 1/2" deck screws to hold them in place.

Step 3: Now for the Short Sides

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Measure the distance between the longer 2x4's and cut more pieces to go in between. It's going to be about 21" but remember MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE

Then attach them the same way as you did the first pieces. The construction part is now over half done, stand back and bask in your creating abilities.
lyvwyr705 months ago

do you have another post about making the bags or does any one else here know how

Twotim2212 years ago
I have found that a paint stick works well for drawing a circle- simply drill a hole for the screw and another hole at the measurement you need. Put your pencel tip in the hole and draw your line.
beckcycle3 years ago
Clever bit with the string!
konsho4 years ago
There is a guy using one of your images for his cornhole ad in a craigslist posting claming it's his. http://lexington.craigslist.org/for/1718903029.html just thought you'd like to know, I know I would if someone was ripping off my pics.
captianoats (author) 4 years ago
Glad you guys like it. I tried to make it somewhat entertaining while still making it usable.
Eye Poker5 years ago
Just made a set for a co-worker and a set for myself. Good fun.
dylantidd5 years ago
With just a few minor changes my son and I followed your pattern and now we each have a set that are the hit at family functions. Thanks P.S. The beer helped!
enigmoe5 years ago
For more general information on the corn hole game, check out http://www.cornholeplayer.net ; also, you can find more instructions on how to build a corn hole game there also. Awesome guide!
They have a great eBook at BuildACornholeSet.com FREE!
glorified j6 years ago
For more on cornhole, check out www.CornholePlayers.net
tanya_jo_876 years ago
Haha, Thank you for posting this! I have been planning to make my Husband a set for his birthday, but every set of instructions I found made me seem stupid. Your's I actually understand..except for the leg part...I'm still a little confused, but I am sure when I build it I will understand it better. Now before I go to Menards..or Lowes...or wherever I end up..I have to think of how I am going to paint it....maybe some clouds and a BIG RAINBOW (thanks to my kids watching 'Reading Rainbow' right now..lol) or maybe I will let my kids paint it. Oh and don't worry! I won't forget the beer while I am building it!
Nice Instructable. I have never heard of the game, but it kind of sounds fun. :P