Finally, My Own Cornhole!

My own cornhole set that is!

After getting addicted to the game at a friend’s bonfire, I’ve wanted to build my own for quite a while. Depending on others to bring a set or trying to borrow them for an event gets to be quite a pain. This past weekend I decided to give it a go and build my own set (featuring my alma mater, the MSU dragon).

There are variations of the boards and regulations to go by, but given that I’m used to the “tailgate” sizes (24″x36″) instead of “regulation” (24″x48″) I went with the smaller. Plus they fit in a trunk easier! For the rest of the specs though, I went with what the official sizes were (hole size, pitch, height, etc). To make it a little more sturdy, I also opted for the 3/4″ thick OSB board on top and 2×3″ lumber for the frame … gives it a little less bounce.

After picking up supplies it took me probably a couple hours of actual work to construct the boxes. I decided to go a little nicer and miter the corners instead of the butt-joints … also had to add some flare with the painting … can’t just paint them one solid color! Given my girlfriend liked the dragon logo as well, we went with the alternating color scheme … one black, one white. I drew the logo in Illustrator and printed it out, used a charcoal pencil to trace around it and then onto the board. From there it was just paint and poly!

As for the bags … if you don’t know how to sew (which I don’t) definitely rely on someone who does. My only knowledge is to use duck cloth and heavy-duty thread to make sure it holds. They will get beaten and you don’t want one breaking open! As for filler, they say to use feed corn, but even going to Fleet Farm I couldn’t find any bags of it so we opted for some of the crushed corn. It seems to work pretty well so far.

There are already a couple other board ideas in the works (gotta have enough in case of a tournament). ;) My ultimate goal is to create a nice oak set, multi-stained wood for that natural feel … but I have to work out a few kinks first.

Anyone else build a set for themselves? Or anyone want me to build them one … for a price? :P

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