|Project by SimonSKL||posted 07-30-2009 04:23 PM||3655 views||3 times favorited||2 comments|
The game of Cornhole is similar in concept to Horseshoes or Lawn Darts. However, instead of pitching heavy iron horse shoes or throwing sharp pointed darts, you toss corn-filled bags into a hole. The name of Cornhole is probably more common in the Midwest and is a popular game in college and at tailgate parties.
Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the corn hole boards or platforms until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. This game is fun and addicting and there are official rules in the construction and dimension of the boards and playing the game.
I just made these cornhole boards for my son who is a true Illinois fan (he has an Illinois room in his house filled with Illinois memorabilia). The entire board is made of 1/2” MDO plywood. Overall size is about 24”x48”. The paints were custom mixed at a local home center which has mixing guides to mix official colors of all major universities! The right size decals was the hardest to find. I ended up using a window cling-on Illinois Chief decal which measured about 10.5” x 10.5” in the lower center. Because the decal has no adhesive backing so I used spray-on adhesive on the back. Two coats of clear marine varnish were sprayed on to seal the decals and top surface against scratches and moisture. I tested on some decal material to make sure the varnish wasn’t going to melt the decal.
Many internet sites sell a pair of boards for around $150 with color scheme but will not apply any official decals for you because of licensing restrictions. If one were to buy the boards and decals plus shipping, a pair of boards will cost a little over $200! This project cost me about $90 to make, including plywood, paints, and decals. Interestingly the decals was almost 25% of the total cost! There is a pretty good profit margin in decals.
Now that I am done with the easy part of the project, my wife will do the hard part of making the 8 cornhole bags:)
Thanks for looking!
-- Simon, Danville, IL