Cornholio

is what I can only assume Beavis + Butthead would call the game of Cornhole. We’re finishing up some little details in the bathroom so the “before & after” post is right around the corner; I promise. In the meantime I thought I’d share how we (Steve) made the cornhole boards for our wedding. I don’t have pictures of every step of the process because we were working on simultaneous projects and I wasn’t around to take pictures, but I think there are enough that you can get a pretty good idea how to make them. First, you start with a very small apartment-sized front porch in the dead of winter. And, listen up — this is the important part: use books, barstools, and other household items to make a work bench. THIS IS WHY WE LOVE OUR NEW HOUSE SO MUCH. No more of this awkwardness. We often got YOU CRAZY looks from our neighbors as they passed by. Ahhh, the days before the All Powerful Table Saw. We were suckers back then. Then, POOF, all the pieces were cut to size and the frame was assembled. (Almost all of them. Two of the four feet have been cut in this picture.) After the frame assembly Steve cut the top board to size, did a little jigsawing to create the hole, and screwed it in place. Now comes the tricky part. The legs needed to be able to fold up inside the board for easy storage. Also, once the legs were swung open they needed to support the back of the boards at a specific height. After all of Steve’s measuring, he used a book to space out the legs while he drilled the pilot holes. Once they were in the right spot he removed the legs so he could round them out for easy swinging. Here you can see them in place, with rounded edges. I’m sure you can use your little imagination to picture them swinging open and closed. Here a gratuitous close-up so you can see that the feet are cut at angles. This is so when the legs are in the open position, they sit flush on the floor. We primed the wood once, and then did two coats of off-the-shelf white paint. In our tiny little apartment-sized family room. Looking back at these pictures really makes me appreciate all the space we have now. We could build a castle if we wanted to! A miniature castle. Ok, a small dollhouse, but still. A lot more room now. Another really clever trick that Steve had up his sleeve was adding handles on the sides of the boards to make them easy to carry; otherwise they’re virtually impossible to tote around. Centering the handle in the middle, on the side edge, evenly balances out the weight and even a little weakling like me can carry them. We decided to order bags online because it would’ve cost us the same amount of money to buy the supplies and make them. With a DIY wedding you really have to make decisions that will save you time. It was totally worth the gained sanity. I can’t wait for the warm weather to return so we can have people over for bags and beer. We’re going to get so much use out of our deck and backyard in the sunny seasons; there will be many BBQ’s and good times had. When: Sunny days. Where: Steve + Mo’s. Mark your calendars!

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8 thoughts on “Cornholio

  1. I bought a set of cornhole boards from a gentlemen who makes them and they look very similar to yours. Now I have to paint them and was wondering if you could give me some instructions on how to do it? (step by step as I am not very experienced at painting wood…..walls I can do, wood I cannot). I read somewhere that you have to paint them just right so the bags slide and all that jazz so I’m very nervous.

    Thanks!
    Jenn

    • We just used regular latex primer and from-the-can white paint. Nothing special! Just paint them the same way you’d paint a wall.

      • after painting them……you need to put polycrylic clear coat on them…3-4 light coats…..allow to dry between coats..this will give you a durable finish….and the dust that comes off the bags will create a nice slick surface…happy cornholin!!

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  3. I want a cornhole game at my wedding too! What dimenions did you use? & what were all the supplies you needed? Anything advice helps, thanks!

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