This post will show you the way I finish the boards. I will not be painting these yet but I have included a link at the bottom for customization help. I just want to show you how to build the boards and prepare them for paint or stain.
The first step in finishing the boards is flush trimming the plywood to the frame. If you don’t have a flush trim bit, you can just sand it down if it’s not too far off. I also like to adjust my flush bit to smooth out the inside of the hole.
Once the sides are flush, you can use a round over bit in your router, or just sand the sides down to a smooth curve. Do the plywood and the bottom of the frame, on the outside only. Curving the inside of the frame is not necessary.
Route both the top and bottom of the hole so it’s smooth on both sides for removing the bags IF you make one!
I find that the legs are better off just being smoothed off with a sander, so don’t use the router bit on these.
I encourage you to take time planning your paint job. If you decide to use paint, I recommend using Polycrylic Full Gloss since it is waterbased. You really don’t have to use a clear coat if you paint with full gloss or semi gloss paint unless you use stickers for a team logo or something. If you stain it, I recommend Polyurethane Full Gloss.
I would love to see your boards! Post them in your projects page and put a link in the comments or embed a photo like I did. I don’t care if you used my post or not, this could be a great place for future builders to get some ideas! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and if you have any questions or find a mistake, PLEASE, message me anytime!
This link is the American Cornhole Association’s site. You can find the rules here as well as many other Cornhole related resources. The most important rules are scoring, distance and the boards dimensions.
I have done a lot of different paint jobs on boards and there are so many ways to customize your boards. Instead of trying to describe them all or going into detail about all of them, I’m including the website below for you to check out. This site has many builders sharing their boards and instructions on how to customize your own. This is where I learned about the paint schemes.
This website shows you how to sew the bags. If you are not familiar with the sewing machine, this is a great, simple project to learn with. It’s simply a square sewed to another square.