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By: Jordan McMillan, Digital Marketing Published:
When you think of a backyard game, the first thing that probably comes to mind is cornhole. I mean, what goes better with drinking a beer, socializing and a little competition, than cornhole? If you don’t already have a set for your backyard, not to worry! We’ve put together an easy tutorial to build one yourself!
What you’ll need:
- (2) 24" x 48" pieces of 1/2" pressure-treated plywood for the surface
- (4) 2x4 x 48" for the frame
- (4) 2x4 x 21" for the frame
- (4) 2x4 x 11-1/2" for the legs
- 1-lb. box of 1-5/8" deck screws
- (4) 4" carriage bolts with (4) washers and (4) wing nuts
- wood putty
- high-gloss paint
- jig saw
- measuring Tape
- drill with drill bit and Phillips-head screw bit
- 1/2" drill bit
- circular saw
- random orbit sander
- paint roller
- Outline your cut list and plans. You will need two 24" x 48" sections of 1/2" plywood; four 2x4 x 48" for the frame; four 2x4 x 21" for the frame; and four 2x4 x 11-1/2" for the legs.
- Construct the Platform Box. Cut the plywood into two 2’ x 4’ sections. Cut the 2x4s to the length specified in the cut list for the frame. Fasten the 2x4s into a box with the 21-inch pieces inside the 48-inch pieces to form a 2’ x 4’ box. Lay the plywood on top of the box, use the plywood to square up the 2x4 frame. Fasten the plywood onto the frame with 1-5/8” screws. Repeat for the second platform box.
- Cut a 2x4 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 2x4 and draw a line across it. Place a compass point centered on that line then draw the arc. Use a jig saw 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. From the inside of the box, make a mark in the center of the 2x4 vertically inside the radius. Drill a 1/2" hole through the side of the box and through the support leg.
- Attach the legs. 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.
- To cut the angle on bottom of the leg, turn the box right-side up and set it on a worktable with the legs tucked under. Place a block (or anything that will hold it up, we used a bucket) under the box so that the back of the platform is 12 inches off the tabletop. Slide the box to the edge of the table, pull down the leg closest to the edge so that it hangs just over the table edge. Using the tabletop as a guide, draw a straight line across the bottom of the 2x4. Repeat for the opposite side. Cut the ends off using a circular saw.
- Now to cut the hole in the platform. First you’ll need to find the centerpoint of the hole. Do this by making a mark 9" down from the top and 12" in from each side. Then use a compass to mark a 6" diameter circle around the spot that you marked. Once you’ve marked your circle, 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.
- Sand the entire board and around all edges including inside the circle. Putty all screw holes.
- Now to paint! Well almost – first prime the entire box. When primer dries, re-sand the entire box. Wipe clean with light damp cloth, and paint with high-gloss paint.
- This is where you can get artsy – so don’t be afraid to go bold and paint your brand new cornhole set with that beautiful Harpoon logo, or your design!
- Add friends, beer and 8 bean bags and you’re ready for a summer filled with backyard games!