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Summer is right around the corner and nothing says “ultimate backyard” or the chance to hone your cornhole skills for that upcoming regional tournament, like a fresh set of cornhole boards.

You can purchase cornhole boards at just about any sporting goods store, but if you have a couple extra hours and a sunny Saturday afternoon to dust off your tools in the garage, making your own cornhole boards is not only easy – it’s sure to leave you feeling accomplished.

The American Cornhole League (ACL) requires platforms be a 48″ x 24″ rectangle made from 1/2″ plywood. The front of the platform stands 2-1/2 to 4″ tall and the back of the platform sits 12″ off the ground. The whole project will come together with plywood and 2x4s, so the it is guaranteed to be easy on the pocket book. 

Where you go from there in your cornhole board decoration and accompanying bags is where you really give things some style. Plywood is great for the base, but the finishing touches on your new set of boards will be even easier thanks to our little secret >>> make it to the end to find out.

 

CORNHOLE BOARD SUPPLIES

  • (2) 24″ x 48″ pieces of 1/2″ plywood for the surface
  • (4) 2×4 x 48″ for the frame
  • (4) 2×4 x 21″ for the frame
  • (4) 2×4 x 11-1/2″ for the legs
  • 1 lb box of 1-5/8″ deck screws
  • 1 lb box of 3″ deck screws
  • (4) 1/2″ x 4″ carriage bolts with (4) washers and (4) wing nuts

    STEP-BY-STEP: BUILD YOUR OWN CORNHOLE BOARDS

    The Cut List

    The Cut List

    Dad was always right in saying: measure twice, cut once.

    You will need two 24″ x 48″ sections of 1/2″ plywood; four 2×4 x 48″ for the frame; four 2×4 x 21″ for the frame; and four 2×4 x 11-1/2″ for the legs. Pretty straight forward.

    Assemble the Base

    Assemble the Base

    Use 3″ screws to fasten the 2x4s into a box with the 21″ pieces inside the 48″ pieces to form a 2’x4’ box. Lay the plywood on top of the box, use the plywood to square up the 2×4 frame. Fasten the plywood onto the frame with 1-5/8” screws. Repeat for the second platform box.

    Mark and Cut Your Hole

    Mark and Cut Your Hole

    To find the center point for the hole, make a mark 9″ down from the top and 12″ in from each side. Use a compass to mark a 6″ diameter circle around the spot that you marked. 

    Pre-drill a hole along the edge of the circle large enough to accept the jigsaw blade. Remove the drill and use a jigsaw to cut out the circle. Sand the edges of the hole smooth.

    Cut + Attach the Legs

    Cut + Attach the Legs

    Cut a 2×4 to 11-1/2” for the four legs. Make a full 3-1/2″ radius cut on one end of each leg. To make the cut, measure 1-3/4″ down the length of the 2×4 and draw a line across it. Place a compass point centered on that line then draw the arc. Use a jigsaw to make the cut. Turn the box upside down; lay a leg parallel, flush up against one of the top corners with the radius side in the corner. Clamp into place.

    Install the carriage bolt through both holes and attach with a washer and a wing nut. Check for operation; see if the legs can fold up and down inside of the platform. You may have to adjust the radius top if it is contacting anywhere, use a sander to do this. Repeat the process for the other legs.

    Here comes the best part. Whether your current cornhole boards need a refresh or your freshly built set is ready for some personality, these premium cornhole board warps will change your game in less than five minutes. Made with high quality, matte vinyl and UV resistant ink, your wraps will stand the test of time and hot summer days in the backyard – but only take a few minutes to install with almost no room for error.

    HOW TO ADD YOUR CORNHOLE BOARD WRAP

    Apply Your Wrap

    Apply Your Wrap

    Sand the entire board and around all edges including inside the circle. Putty all screw holes. Then, snag your favorite Beer Belly Bags cornhole board wrap here.

    Set your timer, because in 2 minutes or less:

    1. Peel back the backing on one corner of your Beer Bell Bags wrap – just a touch.
    2. Line your wrap up with that corner of the board, push down so just that peeled corner sticks.
    3. Slowly peel back the rest of the backing and allow the wrap to naturally lay on the board – while making sure the sides line up. Imagine: The same technique you’d use applying a screen protector to your phone.
    4. Press down across the top of the board to make sure it sticks.
    5. Play!

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