|Project by Cubby||posted 09-09-2014 12:56 AM||1880 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
This is my daughter, Katie, and her fiance, Juan Pablo, painted on the corn hole boards I just completed.
You see, their wedding is just six short weeks away. My youngest daughter, Jenny, the designated “Activities Director”, tasked me the job of building two sets of corn hole boards. They will be used by family and friends in the “tween” times of the wedding weekend.
The boards are made of MDF and 2×4’s. I first milled the 2×4’s, then cut out the MDF rectangles. Next, I routed a rabbet on the MDF to form a tongue, then cut dadoes on the 2×4 stock to serve as the groove. After mitering the 2×4’s to length, I glued the boards together, cut out the legs, and lastly bolted the legs to the board (dimensions comply with the American Cornhole Society http://americancornhole.com.
Next, I asked for the help of my wife, Laura, to paint portraits of the happy couple. We considered silhouettes, but decided to paint their face from a photo. The photos were edited to black and white grey scale images, enlarged, and taped to the boards. Laura then did her magic. Using graphite paper, she transferred the images to the board and then, with black and white paints, transformed these tracings to the images you see.
My job was set two. Pablo and his wonderful family are from Colombia. Jenny (Activities Director, remember), decided to recognize our two great countries with renditions of the flags of Colombia and the USA. I am not much of a painter, and needed a lot of advice from Laura to get the final product.
Paints were exterior grade enamel. Once dried and cured, I coated the boards with 8 coats of water-based polyethylene.
We considered making the bags ourselves (Laura would do that, too), but found a web site that makes personalized bags. The company is called Custom Corntoss. I received them just a week after placing the otder and the quality and craftsmanship of the bags were above my expectations.
I can’t wait for the wedding.
-- Ron Baird, Pennsylvania, WINDGAP375@aol.com "WORK HARD, BE GOOD, HAVE FUN"