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Project by Lenny posted 07-28-2014 06:06 PM 1230 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hesitated to post this, as I did, at most, half of the work. I was mostly a guide/mentor on the making of these boards. Still, they were made in my shop with my tools. To back up a bit, months ago, my son-in-law Steven asked if I was willing to assist him in building two sets of cornhole boards. For the unknowing, cornhole is a lawn game whereby, beanbags are tossed at a board with a hole in it, the goal being to get the beanbag into the hole. I guess the game originally used bags of corn kernels tossed at the hole. It is also called tailgate (used while tailgating before a football game) and simply, beanbag toss. My daughter Heather and Steven live in nearby Massachusetts, so they visit often. Steven and I started making the boards this past winter and worked on them occasionally. They had a child in April and everything was put on hold. Fast forward to the July 4th weekend when we had a family cookout. Two of the boards were close enough to completion that I was able to clamp the legs to the boards and use them. This got the juices flowing again for Steven and me. We recently completed the four boards and I must say, Steven did a nice job constructing them. He learned a bit and got to use several tools for the first time. He and Heather had decided on a state theme for their boards so he painted two of them white. Steven is from California and Heather, Rhode Island. Heather hand painted the state flag images on the boards and did an exceptional job! My wife and I have yet to decide what we will put on our boards.

The frames and legs are made from 2X4s and the top is ½” plywood. The legs are made and placed such that the top of the board sits at 12” above the ground. I jumped the gun and took some of the photos yesterday before my daughter decided to add the additional border at the top of each board. A few of the pictures include a completed but unpainted board.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI





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Woodenwizard

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 09:15 PM

Great Job! and a project that I am sure was a lot of fun. It is always a treat to work with someone else and pass on our love of woodworking. I know I enjoy it when any of my kids want to hang out in the shop. These are on my to do list but unfortunately they are far down in priority and it seems like the family keeps adding things to the top of the list. The paint job is outstanding. I was going to ask how it was done. Unfortunately, I am not talented enough to paint the emblems on so I will have to find another method when I get around to making a set.

Congratulations on the new Grandchild. Hope everyone is doing well.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 09:22 PM

Some nice lookin boards. Gr8 paint jobs also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 09:46 PM

Thanks Roger. Thanks John. Everyone is doing great. To explain a bit about the paint job, Heather found online and printed a template of the state flag images. She then cut out the necessary areas (for example the stars) and drew the outline on the board. From there, it was all her artistic skill.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 11:23 PM

Nice job Lenny!!! Actually having a go at a set of those tomorrow for a buddy of mine. Do you mind if I ask what the angle on the legs is? Was planning to just cut till I got it right but if your willing to share…that would be easier..lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 12:04 AM

in my book, as long as YOUR tools were used, it was YOUR project. well done

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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Lenny

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#6 posted 07-29-2014 12:31 AM

Thanks MrNorwood. Hi Buster and thanks. My son-in-law found the plans for making these online. Here is a link to the site he found: “boards”: http://www.cornholehowto.com/. Essentially, over long legs are bolted in place, exactly where shown in the plans. You put the whole board up on your workbench and use a box or other item(s) to raise the board until the top measures 12” from the workbench. You lower one leg all the way and let it dangle off the side of the workbench. You draw a line on the inside of that leg where it intersects with the workbench and that is your cut angle. I found ours to be 45 degrees, plus or minus. I hope this helps.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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BusterB

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#7 posted 07-29-2014 06:06 AM

Lenny- thanks for the response. Your solution sounds simple enough that I might even be able to do that….nice!!!! I am having a “well duh?” moment…lol As usual, was trying to way over complicate things.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 09:07 PM

they turned out really nice lenny, i imagine its a fun game to play, make sure you come up with a good theme for your game…how about the geriatric duo…LOL…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Lenny

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#9 posted 07-30-2014 12:39 AM

Thanks Grizz. I am going to pass on your suggested theme. I’d like to remain a married man!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 08-03-2014 04:08 PM

Cool project!

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#11 posted 08-07-2014 04:32 PM

fun! these look great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 08-07-2014 04:37 PM

Thank you CJ and Matt.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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