Step 5: Tape off the design

two men taping off design for cornhole game board
Photo: Wendell Webber
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Draw the mascot of your favorite sports team, your family crest, or any other graphic on each deck. Mask off the area around the design with painter's tape. For curved lines, use an X-Acto or utility knife to trim the tape. Draw a plastic putty knife along the tape to seal the edges and to keep the paint from bleeding underneath.
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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