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Project by HickoryHill posted 11-15-2015 11:28 PM 1146 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These have been a long time in the making. Probably sat in the shop unfinished for a year. Wanted to make my own set of cornhole boards and since people drink while playing, why not make them around one of your favorite Bourbons…..Maker’s Mark.

The frames are made of 3/4 clear pine with half blind dovetails at the corners. Top is 5/8” baltic birch. I wanted them to be clean all the way around so I used large rare earth magnets to hold them together. They held them together fine but they slipped apart so I added threaded inserts into the sides with cut off bolts to act as referencing pins and not allow them to slide apart. I didn’t want the pivot bolts showing either so I used 2 of the glide pivots you would install on a glide rocker. The only draw back is attaching the legs which were assembled on there later and painted.

Bags were from a crafter on Etsy. I had the company that puts signage on our vehicles at work cut me out some automotive stencils for the logo.

Paint was Behr’s Premium Paint/Primer. Red was color matched to a Maker’s Mark bottle cap. Clear coat is General Finishes Enduro Pre-Cat Satin Urethane (which unfortunately doesn’t appear to be made anymore). Only 2 coats on the underside and who knows how many on the top. Hope it holds up well.

Virtually impossible to shoot pictures of these with the sheen the clear coat puts off. Shot them bracketed and kinda did a HDR-esque version. Shows some issues with the finish and makes it overall look a little odd, but you get the gist.

They look sooooo nice I don’t wanna use them now.

If I built another set, I’d do the legs differently. Probably still use the same setup but probably just use pocket screws on the underside of the leg’s cross support so they could be painted and put on later.

-- Jim, Michigan





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JerrySats

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#1 posted 11-15-2015 11:51 PM

They came out great , could you use T nuts to attach the legs ?

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#2 posted 11-16-2015 01:57 PM

Nice game. I was at my daughters place and they had a set with 4 or 5 five holes with different points for each. I think the highest number was at the far end. bag would slide into smaller number first if you where not carefull, Almost had to make a direct hit to get the higher number.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 02:45 PM

Very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Pointer

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#4 posted 11-16-2015 11:46 PM

These turned out very good. I definitely like the idea of building a reason to have a drink. :)

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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TheGman

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#5 posted 11-18-2015 02:38 AM

Are you an Ambassador (link)? If not, you should be, it has a lot of nice perks!

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HickoryHill

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#6 posted 11-18-2015 04:25 AM

Yes Gman, I am. Only a couple more years until my barrel is ready.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#7 posted 11-24-2015 01:33 PM


Yes Gman, I am. Only a couple more years until my barrel is ready.

Cool, mine was bottled this time last year. The special ambassador tour was awesome. You get to see/do a lot more then the regular tour. Plus, the master distiller was our tour guide.

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HickoryHill

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#8 posted 10-18-2016 04:08 PM

Yes Gman, I am. Only a couple more years until my barrel is ready.

Cool, mine was bottled this time last year. The special ambassador tour was awesome. You get to see/do a lot more then the regular tour. Plus, the master distiller was our tour guide.

- TheGman

Not anymore. You are just lumped into the regular tours. Walk around with a Ambassador tag on and over pay for bourbon (considering you are an ambassador). Kind of a let down. It was cooler back in 2012 when they hadn’t turned into an attraction yet.

-- Jim, Michigan

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