DIY Cornhole Boards, Bags and Scoreboard

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About: I love to build DIY wood projects.

When it comes to playing cornhole, you need three things for the game; cornhole boards, bags and scoreboard. So I decided to write a how-to tutorial for these three items.

It’s a fun game to play for any age level and although official rule do exist, you could make up your own rules as long as you have fun.

Building these popular DIY cornhole boards was a lot of fun and it only took few hours to make. Staining and painting probably took longer than building it. Our kids love playing it, although they don't necessarily follow the rules and just make up their own.

Most of the cornhole set you buy on Amazon are made from ½” plywood. I used ¾” plywood to make it sturdier and so that bags would not bounce up when hitting the board. Also, knowing my 8 year old son, after he gets bored playing cornhole, he’ll make a bike ramp out of it.

Supplies:

• 4'X8' - 3/4" Plywood (x1)

• 2x3x8' (x1)

• 1x12x6' (x1)

• 2x6x8' (x1)

1 1/4" Pocket hole screws

2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws

3/8"x4" Bolts

3/8" Nuts and Washers

Heavy Weight Thread

Canvas Duck Fabric

Poly Pellets

1" Self Stick Numbers

Wood Glue

Brad Nails

3/8" Dowel Rod

Tools for this project
Drill

Kreg Jig

Miter Saw

Tape Measure

Table Saw / Skill Saw

Sander

• Jig Saw

Nail Gun

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Step 1: Cut Top Board

Take a full sheet of ¾” plywood and using a table saw (or a skill saw) cut 4 feet by 4 feet piece. Then cut that piece in half leaving you with two 4 feet by 2 feet pieces. This will be the top of the DIY cornhole boards.

Step 2: Cut Side Boards

I prefer to have the side slightly shorter than the top board, I think it looks better (in my opinion). So using the remaining ¾” plywood, cut four long sides, 46 ½” x 3 ½”. Then cut four short sides and two middle board, total of 6 boards at 21” x 3 ½”.

Step 3: Drill Pocket Holes

Using a Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes as shown on the drawing for 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Also, using a 3/8" drill bit from the Kreg Jig, drill a hole 3" form one side of the long board. These holes are for leg bolts.

Step 4: Build a Frame

Place the side boards on a flat surface and attach them together using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. There will be one board attached in the center of the frame. Once the frame is assembled, placed it in the center of 2’x4’ top board plywood. You will have ¾” space all the way around. I clamped temporarily scrap plywood pieces on the corners to get the accurate ¾” distance

Step 5: Cut a 6” Hole

Measure and mark the center top of the cornhole board. Then from that center, measure 9” down. This will be the center of a 6” hole. Using a compass draw a 6” hole. For cutting a hole you could use a 6” hole saw or a jig saw. If you’re using a jig saw, drill a small hole on the inside of the circle so that you could insert jig saw blade in it. Then follow the pencil mark with a jig saw to cut that hole.

Step 6: Make the Legs

To make the legs, I used leftover ¾” plywood that was glued together from another project. But you could use 2x3 board. So cut four 2x3 legs at 15” long. Then on one side of the leg, using a miter saw, cut 30 degree cuts from the center making the leg board look like an arrow. Sand the sharp edges using a sander. Measure 1 ¼” from the top of the arrow point and drill a hole using 3/8" drill bit. Do this for all the legs.

Step 7: Cut Legs to Correct Length

Use 3/8"x4" bolt, nut and washers to attach the legs. Place the cornhole at the edge of your workbench and raise it up so that you have 12” from the table top to the top of the board. Place a ruler or a square on the table against the leg and mark it with the pencil as if the table is continuing. Take the legs apart and using a miter saw cut them on the pencil marks.

Step 8: Attach Legs

Attach the legs back on the cornhole and measure the distance between the two legs. Cut 2x3 board and drill pocket holes on each side. Attach the 2x3 board to the legs using 2 ½” pocket hole screws.

Step 9: Stain and Paint

For this step you could get as creative as you want. I used Jacobean Stain for the first layer. Than lightly brush Chalked Country Gray over the stain. Next I taped the paint tape 5" from the sides and painted it light blue/green color in the middle. The rest of the board I painted gray. I also used polyurethane to protect the paint and make the top smother. You're done with DIY cornhole boards.

Step 10: Cornhole Bags: Draw Rectangular Shapes on Fabric

Duck cloth is commonly used fabric when making cornhole bags, because of its durability and great selection of colors. Once you select the two colors, measure and draw 7” x 13 1/2" rectangular shapes on the fabric. There should be four rectangular pieces of each color, total of 8.

Step 11: Cut Fabric Pieces

Using scissors, cut the fabric pieces. Again, you should have total of 8 pieces, 4 of each color.

Step 12: Fold and Sow Sides on 1/2" Line

Fold the 7”x13 1/2" piece in half. You will need to sow three sides of the bag since one side is a fold. You could use a sowing machine or just a thread needle. Using a sowing machine will get the job done much quicker, but thread needle is fine, just takes more time.

Position the bag to have the fold on the top and draw two lines on the left side and right side. The first line will be ¼” from the edge and the second line ½” from the edge. On the ½” line, using a heavy weight thread, sow twice, since this seam will get the most impact every time the bag is thrown.

Step 13: Sow on 1/4" Line

On the ¼” line sow only once.

Step 14: Leave a 2" Gap to Fill the Bag

For the last side of the bag, similar to step 3, draw a ½” line. Sow twice on the that line, but leave a 2” gap in the middle. This gap will be used for filling the bag before closing the seam.

Step 15: Invert the Bag

Invert the bag inside out and fill it with 2 ¼ cups of Poly-Pellets using a funnel. You could use corn kernels, but I think Poly-Pellets are better alternative because you could wash the bags if they get dirty. You cannot wash or get the bags wet with real corn kernels.

Step 16: Finish Sowing the Last Side

Fold the fabric in by the seam and sow a double line ¼“ away from the end. The finished bag product should be 6” x 6”. The cornhole bag is ready to use.

Step 17: Scoreboard: Cut 1x12 Board

Take 1x12 board and cut it to 54” long.

Step 18: Cut Corner Arch

Place a quart paint can on the corner of the board and trace the bottom arch. Do this on all four sides then cut the corners using a jig saw. Sand the board and corners.

Step 19: Measure and Drill Holes for the Pin

Measure 2 3/4" from both sides of the board and draw two lines across. Starting from the bottom of the board, measure 8 ½” and mark it on the line. This is where the first hole will be drilled for the pin to insert. From 8 ½” measurement, measure and mark every 2”. You need to have 22 marks on the line. Using 3/8” drill bit, drill all of the holes on both lines. Since I didn’t have a drill press at the time of the project, I used Dowelmax as a guide to drill the holes straight.

Step 20: Cut Legs

Using 2x6 board, cut two pieces at 30” in length. Then cut off the edges at 34 degrees and 1” from the bottom. Find the center of the board and cut a ¾” wide by 3” deep notch using a Miter Saw. Drill two pocket holes for 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws on each side of the notch.

Step 21: Cut Boards for Cup Holder

From the remaining 1x12 piece, cut two boards to 8” in length. Draw two 4” circles and cut it out using a jig saw. Drill pocket holes on the bottom of both boards for the 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws.

Step 22: Make a Pin

Take ¾” board and drill two round discs using a 1 3/4" Hole Saw Bit. In the center drill a 3/8” hole, but do not go all the way thru. Take 3/8” dowel and cut it to 2” long. Dip the dowel into the Wood Glue and insert it in the hole. Wipe off any extra glue and let it dry.

Step 23: Paint or Stain and Assemble the Legs

Paint/stain all the pieces before assembling everything together. Slide the scoreboard inside the notch of the legs and screw in 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws into the scoreboard. On the back side of the board place the 8x11 1/4" board on the 2x6 legs and screw it in from underneath.

Step 24: Assemble Cup Holder

Than place the second 8x11 1/4" board 3" above the bottom board and screw in with 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws. Insert 2"x3" pieces at each corner and attach it using Nail Gun.

Step 25: Stick Numbers

Now stick 1" Self Stick Numbers on the front of the board. Measure 8" from the bottom of the board and stick number 0. Than stick the remaining number so that they are 1" apart. You're done with this DIY cornhole scoreboard. Have fun.

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    AnandM54

    23 days ago

    Brilliant work...cool instructables one.... But I thought something is missing ....

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    smartrem

    23 days ago

    I voted because of the scoreboard, good work!

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    PatP58

    23 days ago

    From Step 12, you keep talking about sowing something, but never do explain what you are sowing, or where -- or even why!! What is that all about???

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    mminorhsd

    23 days ago

    We made bags using real corn. On a weekend camping trip squirrels ripped open the bags and ate the corn. The poly pellets sound like a good idea.

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    8kittys

    24 days ago

    Beautiful set, I am definitely going to try to make myself a pair as well. I appreciate the sewing instructions too. Nice job!

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    seamster

    26 days ago

    This is an excellent looking set! Great detailed steps to help others complete their own, too. Nicely done!