Cornhole Boards

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We wanted to build some cornhole boards for our friends lake house since we spend so much time out there. When I googled regulation cornhole board plans to find the dimensions, I found quite a few tutorials but I figured, even though it’s fairly easy to build, since I was doing it anyways, I would try to do a better job then others I had seen.

I also decided to build a cornhole scoreboard and drink holder pictured above. Get the full tutorial for that over here.

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Dimensions

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Cut List

This cut list is based on the fact that the 3/4″ x 2′ x 4′ boards are actually 2′ x 4′. If they are not then you will need to adjust your cuts accordingly. For instance, if your boards 23-3/4″ x 47-3/4″ then you’ll need to deduct 1/4″ from each of your 2 x 4s. Also note that the 2x4s are nominal lumber so the actual dimensions are 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

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Cornhole Board Plans

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Step 1: Drill Holes and Round the Legs

Using a 3/8″ wood bit drill a hole as shown in the plans below. Then round off the legs as shown with a jigsaw or bandsaw and sand smooth. This will allow the legs to rotate and swing back into the boards for storage.

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I used a roll of tape to mark the cut I would need to round off the edges.

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Tip: When drilling holes in wood, drill most of the way through or until the tip of the drill bit pokes through the other side and then flip the board over and finish the hole from the other side. This will help to avoid “tear out” and give you a clean hole on both side.

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I used the jigsaw to round off the corners and it worked well.

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However, if you have a bandsaw this will give you a much cleaner cut.

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Whichever you use, make sure to follow up with a good sanding.

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Step 2: Assemble the Frame

To assemble the frame make sure to pre-drill and then screw together using 2-1/2″ wood screws.

If using #10 screws then pre-drill with a 7/64″ bit

If using #8 screws then pre-drill with a 3/32″ bit.

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Step 3: Attach the Top

Pre-drill and attach the top using 1-5/8″ wood screws as shown below.

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Step 4: Cut the Holes

Cut the holes for your cornhole boards as shown below. Then follow up with a good sanding to the sides of the hole.

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Option 1: Hole Saw

Use a 6″ Hole Saw and simply drill out the hole as shown.

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Option 2: Mark and Cut with Jig Saw

Marking

I poked two small holes in a sheet of paper that were spaced 3″ apart. Then I nailed through one hole into the spot marked on the board. Through the other hole I placed my pencil and dragged it around to draw a 6″ circle.

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Cutting

To cut out the hole I first drilled a hole inside of the circle with a 1/2″ wood bit and then cut out the hole with a jigsaw.

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Whichever option you choose make sure to follow with a good sanding to smooth the hole and edges over.

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Step 5: Finish the Boards and Legs

First, sand the boards smooth all over with 220 grit sandpaper. Now, here is where you can really personalize your boards. You can simply paint them your team colors and add stickers or decals if you want or you can even purchase a cornhole board wrap and simply stick it on. Some even go as far as to add lights for nighttime matches.

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Step 6: Attach the Legs

Attached the legs using the carriage bolts, washers and wingnuts.

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Full tutorial for the cornhole scoreboard with drink holder

Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • tom

    Appropriate colors for your new state. Go Blue!

    • Ha Thanks! My sister in law goes to school at U of M so these colors were only appropriate!

  • Michael Weiland

    These plans look amazing, I’ve had this project on my radar for a while now that the plans are here I have no excuses! I’m just surprised there are no pocket holes 😛

    • Thanks! ha yeah somehow managed a project without them! Happy building!

  • Alex

    Great plans! Will definitely be using. Do you not think 1/2″ plywood would work? It is not only cheaper, also lighter by about 33% compared to 3/4″. Just curious your thoughts on using 1/2″.

    Thanks!

    • I’m sure 1/2″ would work fine, I just wanted to be sure they were study. With 2 kids running around I knew they were going to get walked on quite a bit.

  • Cody Zimmerman

    @Alex @Jamison Rantz I have used 1/2″ plywood and it works great. Really does cut down on weight. Also I swapped out the 2x4s on the sides and back for 2x2s and that helped cut down on the weight too. Great article and how to!

  • Gregory Brimer

    I used the Kreg Jig on my second set and didn’t have as much work. Thanks for such a wonderful site.