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Bean Bag Boards #1: The start to my Bean Bag Boards

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Blog entry by Steph78 posted 08-14-2010 12:33 PM 1972 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m making some Bean Bag Boards! We called the game Bags when I lived in Chicago but now that I’m in Phoenix I see down here they call it Cornhole. That sounds really funny to me. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the game its 2 boards 2×4 feet with 6inch holes in them and the point of the game is to get bean bags on the board or in the hole for points. Its really fun and addicting! So I’m making my first set. Its going pretty good so far except the legs. I found its a bit of a challenge to get them bolted to the board and maintain the 12inch height requirement and for them to sit evenly on flat ground. The first one came out perfect right away the second board, not so much! At first I tried jumping on it to elongate the hole and force it to sit even. That technique ended in a headache and zero change. It did make me feel better though cause I was a pretty mad at the time.For those of you that have read my cutting board post, these are too big to throw in the street! Hahahaha! So after a little scratchin of the ol noggin I said to hell with it I’m cutting the other leg to make it sit even. So I did and it worked! Its not regulation height but I figured who’s really gonna care. Most the time when people are playin they are just kicking back drinking so I dont think anyone will even notice. Not to mention its only off by like 1/4 of an inch and will probably be played on a grassy uneven ground anyways so to heck with! :) I’m making an area on the legs to hold the bags during storage and cut a handle on one side of each one so you can carry them both at the same time, well some people could not my little scrawny self. So tomorrow will be filled with finishing the storage area, cutting the holes(forgot to buy a 6in hole saw today), giving them a really good sanding, putting Cubs and Sox logos on the(my friend is also from Chicago), and then painting them and putting some kind of finish on them. I’m not sure what I wanna go with yet, I want something that will keep moisture out and hold up to the 230 degree Phoenix heat. I’m not a fan of polyurethane so that’s out. I want something pretty thick. I was thinking about maybe doing that stuff that comes in a kit that’s like equal to like 100 coats of polyurethane but that maybe a little much. So if anyone has any suggestion I’m open to what ever you think may work. Ok that’s it for now. Time to dream up some new ideas! Thanks for lookin! After previewing I found out the pics dont show up right. If you click on them they will pop up the right way. Im not familiar with photobucket so I dont know how to fix that. Sorry! PhotobucketPhotobucket Photobucket Photobucket

-- Steph, Phoenix



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Sailor

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 01:58 PM

GOod looking boards you have there. I have built a few sets myself and I have always just finished the actual playing surface with some exterior enamel paint, first I give the top a light sanding (I don’t want to take all the roughness out of the top because I don’t want my bags to slide like greased lightning). On my latest set, which I think turned out great, I finished the top with white exterior enamel and for the framing (in your case, 2×4’s) I slapped on a couple coats of high gloss polyurethane, this gave it a little classier look in my opinion and somewhat show’s of your work a little more. You can still put your teams logo on the white surface, I use white because we usually are playing in a not so well lit up area or something and the white really helps as the night gets later…...

As for the legs, a 1/4”! Who cares about a quarter inch? If that bothers someone then they shouldn’t be playing on my cornhole boards anyway.

I did a short blog post showing a little bit about the construction of mine if you would like to check it out. My legs are simple and pretty much fool proof, and they work really well. You can check it out here.

One other thing I like to do with my boards is to give the underside a complete coat of poly so that it seals it and keeps the moisture out and will save your boards though a couple of showers, like if your a little intoxicated and forget to bring the boards in for some reason at 4 am.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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Steph78

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 02:22 PM

Your boards look great! Love the pocket holes! I Doing that next time. That’s a really good idea with the hinges too. Alot easier than what I attempted. I’m gonna coat the underside on mine as well. Yet another good tip! The only part on mine I want to paint is a small border on the perimeter and use big decals below the hole. I just like the natural wood look. Your right about the light issue though. Have you seen the lights u can put on them? My mom has a set that has LED’s around the hole and they routed a Chanel out and put a small LED rope light around the perimeter. They are really nice. They have drink holder too. I’ll have to get some pics. Thanks for all your tips. I’ll keep updating my progress. Do you have pics of your painted? Thanks again you helped alot!

-- Steph, Phoenix

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 04:21 PM

You could always glue on a 1/4” shim on the bottom of the leg.

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 01:52 AM

Steph,

Thank you for the complement, The pocket holes do work really well, the Kreg Jig allows me to do alot of things pretty easily.

Leaving the board with the natural wood look would still look great. I would just be careful personally about how much I would sand that bad boy. I like the boards a little rough so my bags don’t slide like crazy. I would also want the boards to be as light as possible. I know that there are different types of clear polyurethane, the one they sell at Lowe’s or your home center, says clear poly but really it gives a bit of a darker tint to the wood you apply it too. There is a poly that goes on completely clear that some of my local paint stores carry that is great. Just a thought.

I have actually seen a set of the boards with the lights in it, they definately caught my attention. Once I got a little closer I noticed that the plywood was indeed routed for the rope lights but there was a sheet of plexiglall over the board. Well I like my game to be a little easier lol, that plexiglass is way to slick for me so I steer away from those boards they are out of my league in skill level of the game.

I do not have pics of mine painted at the moment but I will get some tomorrow and post them on here so you can see the finished product. Not sure if you have bought your hole saw yet, but I cut my holes with a jigsaw and it works just fine. The hole saw is expensive in my opinion for one or two sets of boards. But I would love to have one.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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Steph78

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 09:03 AM

Good idea Dustin, Im not that smart ! LOL ! Im petty sure that nobody will notice we usually arent that sober when we play:)! Plus they will be free so she better not complain! HAHAHA. Im entering part 2 of the progress in a bit so if you wanna check it out It should be up in about an hr. Thanks for lookin!

-- Steph, Phoenix

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 09:15 AM

Hey Sailor, I’m with you on not needing any assistance on sucking at the game! We strictly play for fun too. The boards I was telling you about with the rope light didn’t have Plexiglas. What I think the guy did was use one of those 2 part kits that puts a really thick coat on to level the space out. That’s just my guess though. I think Plexiglas is a really bad idea too. Your right about the bags just sliding right off. I did go get my hole saw today and holy s*#t! Those things are expensive! Then you have to get the arbor! I think it was like 60$ for both at Lowes. As far as the poly i went with Minwax semi gloss spray on polyurethane. The guys I got my bags and decals from said that’s what he uses and it doesn’t discolor the decals. He also said he used it on unpainted wood too and it works good. So we shall see. Alright I’m off to enter part 2 of the progress Ill have more pics and detail on there if you wanna check it out!

-- Steph, Phoenix

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