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Cornhole/Bean Bag Toss

Building the cornhole game

The supplies needed to construct the game.  1 4x4 sheet of 1/2 inch hardwood plywood.  I typically use birch, but any hardwood will work.  4 - 2x4's 8ft long.  A box of 3 1/2in outdoor screws.  A box of 1 5/8in box of outdoor screws.  4 - 3 1/2in bolts.  4 nuts and 8 washers.  For the bolts, I use a 5/16 diameter, but any will work.

The tools needed.  A saw, preferably a miter saw, but a hand saw or power saw will work as well.  A jigsaw.  Sanding paper, liquid nails and wood filler will also be used during this project

  1. Cut the 4x4 sheet in half.  This will give you the 2 2x4 sheets needed for the set.  

  2. Cut 2 2x4's in half.  This will give you the outer framing of the boards.

  3. Cut the next 2x4 in sections of 21in.  This will give you all the boards necessary to complete the frame and assemble the main boards.

  4. Cut 2 25in sections on the last board.  You will have some extra wood on this on in case of mess ups( I tend to use this ).  After the 2 boards have been here, cut them in 1/2 at a 13 degree angle.  This will give you the legs for the set.

 

Assembly

  1. Drill 2 pilot holes at the end of each 4ft 2x4.  Lay these flat while drilling

  2. Screw the 21" section to one end using the pilot holes from above.  Then the next side trying to keep the sections as square as possible.  

  3. Attach the other 4ft section to the other end.  This will create the frame.  At this point, you will have what looks like a window frame.

  4. Repeat the above to create the second frame.

  5. Lay the 2x4 sheet of plywood on top of the frame.  Give it a dry run to make sure everything is fitting smoothly.  If so, remove the plywood.  Run a small bead of liquid nails along the frame.  Place the plywood on top again.

  6. Using the 1-5/8 screws, screw the plywood to the frame.  Countersink the screws about an 1/8". 

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other frame

  8. Now that the main boards are assembled, it is time to cut the hole for the game.  The holes center is 9" down from the top and 12" across.  The diameter is 6".  Use a compass at the mark and draw a circle.

  9. Drill a pilot hole within this circle, and use your jigsaw to cut the hole from the plywood.

  10. At this point, fill the screw holes with some wood filler.  Let dry completely

  11. Sand the fill, and the wood for a smooth surface.  Refill any remaining imperfections.

  12. Repeat steps 8 - 11 on the other board.

Painting the set

  1. Prime the set with 2 coats of primer.  

  2. Here, paint the boards the colors of your choice.  I like to have 2 unique colors to bring them out.  You can also add you favorite sports team logo, or a design that suits what you are looking for.

  3. Optional - coat the boards with a poly acrylic.  This will protect the paint from normal wear and tear.  Go easy on this as it will cause the boards to be a bit more slick and could cause the bags to never stick on the boards

Final Stages............  

  1. Clamp the legs to the top of the inside of the frame.  Set the boards on the ground to make sure they sit evenly on the ground.  If so ....

  2. Drill a pilot hole large enough for your bolt thru the leg and the main frame on each leg.  

  3. Remove the leg

  4. Cut the corners of the top of the leg off.  This will allow the legs to fold under the frame when not in use.

  5. Reattach the leg, with the nut, bolt, and a couple of washers.  

  6. Repeat for the remaining legs.  

THERE YOU HAVE IT.  A fully assembled cornhole set.  Now - purchase some cornhole bags from the internet or local trading place.  These are 1lb bags filled with corn.  

PLAYING CORNHOLE

Click on the link to see the official rules set by the American Cornhole Association

There are thousands of versions and variations on rules for cornhole. The ones posted below are only one way of playing the game.

Cornhole Board
1. Place on a flat surface 27 feet apart (front to front).
2. The cornhole board surface should be 2' x 4'.
3. A 6" hole, centered 9" from the back and 12" from either side

Cornhole Bag
1. There should be 8 bags, 4 bags of each color.
2. Each bag should be 6 inches by 6 inches and have 1 pound of corn inserted into each bag.

Point System
- 3 points for a cornhole bag that goes through the hole.
- 1 point for a cornhole bag that is on the playing surface.
- 1 point for a cornhole bag that is hanging into the hole.
- 1 point for a cornhole bag that is hanging off the edge but not touching the ground.
- 0 points for a cornhole bag that is on the playing surface, but also touching the ground.
- 0 points for a cornhole bag that is hanging off the front edge and is resting on a cornhole bag that is on the ground. If you can remove the bag on the ground without the one on the board falling then a point is given.
1. The team with the highest round score, adds the difference of the two scores to their game score.
2. The team who wins the round is given honors to throw first in the next round.
3. If both cornhole teams have the same round score then the game score stays the same and honors stays with the team who had it the previous round.

Cornhole Fouls
1. A cornhole players foot goes past the foot foul line. (front of the cornhole board)
2. A Player goes out of turn.
- The throw the foul occurs on is voided. If the bag is on the board remove it.

Game Play
1. In doubles play partners shall stand at opposite cornhole boards on the same side. In singles play both players will throw from the same board.
2. Each cornhole team will have 4 bags of one color.
3. All 8 cornhole bags begin at one end.
4. A coin flip or rock/paper/scissors determines witch cornhole team has honors in round one.
5. The team who has honors will begin play by throwing a cornhole bag at the opposite cornhole board. 6. A cornhole player may throw from anywhere behind the front of the cornhole board they are throwing from.
7. Alternate throws between the two opponents until all 8 cornhole bags have been thrown.
8. If a cornhole bag hits the ground then bounces up onto the board, remove that bag for it does not count.
9. Count the points scored during the round. If no team has reached the 21 point mark start the next round until a team reaches 21. The team that scores the highest amount of points on the previous round will have honors.

 

 

 

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