Introduction

man and woman playing cornhole
Photo: Room 5 Films
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Cornhole is everywhere! The backyard beanbag-toss game that caught fire in the Midwest now boasts its own association, Wikipedia entry, and myriad online purveyors. It's easy to see why it's become such a barbeque favorite: You can hold a beverage in one hand and loft your beanbag with the other. But why pay hundreds of dollars for game boards adorned with your feeble alma mater when you can make ones to be proud of with plywood and 2x4s? This Old House's experts, aka Team Saturday, will walk you through the steps in a video tutorial. As for your poor aim? Nothing a few well-chosen teammates can't overcome.

Cut List
½-inch birch-veneer plywood: two at 24 by 48 inches • 2x4 sides: four at 48 inches
• 2x4 ends: four at 21 inches
• 2x4 legs: four at 12 inches

Download rules and a scorecard for the game of cornhole.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw fitted with scroll blade (for plywood) and aggressive blade (for lumber)
    • drill
      Drill driver fitted with ¼-inch and -inch drill bits
    • pencil compass
      Compass
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • putty knife
      Plastic putty knife to seal the painter's tape

    Shopping List

    ½-inch birch-veneer plywood

    2x4s Get four 8-foot boards

    -by-3½-inch carriage bolts, washers, and nuts to attach the legs

    1-inch trim-head screws to attach the top

    3-inch deck screws to assemble the frame

    Wood glue

    6½-inch utility pulls Get two Wood filler

    Stain-blocking white primer

    Spray paint

    Painter's tape

    Spray polyacrylic

    220-grit sandpaper

    6-by-6-inch 16-ounce beanbags Get eight