Step 1: Outline and cut out the holes

two men tracing circle for cornhole game board
Photo: Wendell Webber
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On a 24-by-48-inch piece of ½-inch furniture-grade plywood, mark a spot 8 inches from the top and centered 12 inches from each side. Plant your compass point there, and draw a circle with a 3-inch radius. Drill a hole anywhere inside the circle for the jigsaw blade, and then use the jigsaw to cut out the circle. Stack the two sheets of plywood together, and use the cutout to trace the circle for the second sheet. Drill a hole, and then cut out the circle in that piece.
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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