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How to Build a Cornhole Toss

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As you probably know, we are getting ready for Nick’s Graduation Party on Sunday. Doug has been working super hard the last couple days on a Cornhole Toss not only for the party, but also to play during Tailgate Parties at Franklin College.

Our original plan was to have the Cornhole Toss ready to share last week during Camping Week, but with travel and preparing for the party, we are a little behind. But none the less, we are here to share with you How to build a Cornhole Toss.

We decided it would be fun to add the Franklin College logo, but you can certainly paint it any color you like or even add your favorite team logo.

How to build a Cornhole Toss

Supplies:

  • 3/4″ Plywood for Tops
  • four 2″x4″  8 foot long
  • four 3/8″x 4″ hex bolts
  • eight 3/8″ flat washers
  • eight 3/8″ lock nuts

Cut Wood to the following dimensions…

First rip all the 2″x4″ down to a 1 1/2″x3″ dimension. I did’t have an easy way to rip cut the boards so I enlisted the help of my local lumber store, it only cost me a couple bucks and some time but it was well worth it.

  • Tops – 24″ x 48″
  • Side Rails – 48″ long
  • End Rails – 21″ long

Legs, these are a little tricky to describe so here’s a drawing to follow.

Credit

Now we move on to the Assembly…

  • Measure in 3/4″ from the ends of each side rail and drill two evenly spaced pilot holes for the deck screws

  • Glue and screw corners, making sure they are flush and square
  • Test fit the top and once you are confident of the fit drill pilot holes every 6 inches around the perimeter
  • Glue and screw top to frame with 1 5/8″ deck screws, countersink the screw heads and fill with wood putty

  • Once the glue has dried you can proceed to cut the hole in the plywood, place the hole centered 9″ from the top. The hole diameter is 6″, I tried to rent a 6″ hole saw but could not find one so I needed to improvise. After a little searching I found an old railroad lantern we use to decorate with that had a perfect 6″ base to draw around
  • Cut out the circle, I used a jigsaw but you can use a plunge router or zipsaw if you have those available to use

  • Drill a 3/8″ hole in the side rails 3 9/16″ from the top for the legs an attach with the hex bolts and double nut

 Painting and finish

  •  After you have finished the construction, grab your can of wood putty and fill in any imperfections in the playing surface. I used 3/4″ birch plywood so the finish was already pretty smooth but there were some chips and rough spots from cutting
  • After the putty dries, sand smooth, also sand the edges of the hole to take the sharp corners off

  • Apply a primer to the surface and rails
  • We’re dressing our Cornhole Toss up with a college logo, and two-tone paint. When using two colors of paint on a project always apply the lighter of the two first it’s easier to cover that way.
  • I painted the bottom third of the board yellow

  • After the yellow had dries for 24 hours I masked off the edge that I wanted with some Frog Tape Delicate Surface tape and applied a light coat of yellow to the edge of the tape that will be the final edge. Let dry for 1 hour
  • Then I painted the rest of the board Navy blue

  • After about 30 minutes take an exacto knife and lightly score along the edge of the tape and pull off for a clean edge
  • Then we let it dry again for another 24 hours then we applied the college logo

Nick will be attending Franklin College in the Fall {and playing Baseball}, so we did a quick search and found the Grizzlies logo. Then saved it to a flashdrive and made a trip to Staples to have it printed. After trimming around the edges, we applied the logo to the wood with Mod Podge Outdoor and gave it a couple good coats of Polyurethane.

Then it was time to make the Bean Bags for the game.

Cornhole Toss Bean Bag Supplies

  • 1/4 yard of each color Duck Canvas – it’s important to use heavy weight canvas, I found this at Jo-Ann’s Fabric Store
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Ruler and Rotary Cutter {you can also use scissors}
  • Beans – each bag needs to be 1 pound which we found was 2 cups of dried pinto beans {we bought 8 pounds}

Directions:

  1. Gather your supplies
  2. Cut 7 inch squares of canvas – you need 4 bags in each color
  3. Sew around the edge using a 1/2 inch seam and leaving a hole open for turning. I sewed around twice to give it extra strength and back stitched where I stopped and started for more strength
  4. Turn the bag right side out and iron

So what do you think? Doug did an awesome job and I’m sure we will have lots of family fun with these!

For all the rules and more information on Cornhole Toss, visit Cornhole Game Players  

Linking to…Weekend Wrap Up Party, Saturday Night SpecialSundae Scoop Party, Made By You MondayShow & Tell Friday

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