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Cornhole Board Tutorial #3: Cutting and Installing the sides

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The next step is cutting and installing the sides of the frame. This method includes building the frame to the top instead of building a frame then adding the top. It makes for perfectly smooth sides.

The link to these pictures is not working but here is a link to the entire gallery. This is a great way to see all the pictures in one place.

Cornhole Tutorial

Measure the length of your boards, some boards cut by big box stores aren’t perfectly 48” and therefore you may need shorter or longer sides. Cut one of your 1×4’s to length, then cut the next side from a second 1×4. These cuts will leave less than 48” left over which is perfect for the next steps.

From Cornhole Tutorial

Read “Alterations” before gluing…
Apply a bead of glue to the side and flush it up with the board. I use 4×4’s in the back to level the board top on the first side. Start on one end and predrill, countersink and then screw in the first screw.

From Cornhole Tutorial

Stretch out a tape measure and drill your next screw at 1 foot in, the second at 2 feet and the third at 3. Do one at a time and make sure the side remains flush to the edge of the plywood. Finally, screw in the last screw close to the end.

From Cornhole Tutorial

Repeat this for the second side.

Alterations
If you are interested in a two toned paint job (like the picture below), do not glue the frames yet and do not sink the screws lower than your countersink. When you finish sanding, routing and priming the boards you can remove the frame and paint the plywood and frame different colors. When the paint is dry, you can glue and screw the frame to the board, then fill in the holes and do some touch up paint.

If you are not planning on painting the boards, you may want to use pocket screws through the frame into the plywood to hide the screw holes. I usually paint so I choose the easiest method of screwing through the plywood.



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