Cornhole from reclaimed flooring

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Project by toddbeaulieu posted 08-20-2016 05:12 PM 601 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It really kills me to see plywood cornhole boards. I don’t think I could bring myself to making one. I like to experiment and use what I have. I already posted an oak version that you can find in my projects. I gave that set to the in-laws and wanted one for myself. I got a load of used old-growth pine flooring for free on craigslist and have been putting it to use in many projects around the home, including a cook top hood (also in my projects) and even on the ceiling in an extension off the kitchen. These boards were super easy to build they play nicely. I find that solid stock with cross members underneath work well and are reasonably lightweight. The solid footer on this version works great, holding the front at a good height. The legs have a cross member and are strong. I like the front leg mount and stop design, which I used in both sets that I’ve built. Simple and strong. I use all stainless and measure/mark them out to get a uniform appearance. No hardware is visible from the top, of course.

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 12:56 AM

Nice job!

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#2 posted 08-21-2016 10:41 AM

Very cool! I was curious as to how the top side was being supported, thanks for all the pictures

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#3 posted 08-22-2016 01:11 AM

If you changed the cover picture to the third picture down on the right you would have gotten a lot more traffic. The truth be told the bottom is beautiful while the top looks like crap. I have a plywood set that I made and the top looks better than yours. The underside however isn’t even close. Maybe I will post it and let you know when it is up.


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#4 posted 08-22-2016 02:40 AM

Ha! Well I can’t expect everyone to share my appreciation of reclaimed material. The flooring that I used on this project is old growth pine with 100 years of patina.You can’t reproduce or fake that. The photos I took were in the shop. Not great angles and not great lighting but I stand behind how nice they look in person. I will put one hundred years of daily trips to the kitchen, the bathroom, the back hall, three generations of children and 15 Man’s best friends over whatever Home Depot 5 Layer Chinese plywood you feel is superior any day of the week. Rock on.

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#5 posted 08-22-2016 02:49 AM

Don’t think I don’t like patina. Look at my last project. Liking patina does not mean I don’t like plywood. It just so happens, I like both. What ever it takes to get a great look. My first project I posted on here was all plywood. My latest was all patina. They can both be great.


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#6 posted 08-22-2016 03:18 PM

OK, I’ll be the SOB that brings it up…

What about seasonal wood movement? I imagine that 100 year old pine is as dry as it’s going to get, but there still must be some movement from season to season. I see three cross braces that are screwed into the bottom and (at least from the pictures shown) the screw holes don’t look to be enlarged.

That’s where plywood becomes a nice option in this application. Builders can easily band the edges or brace it underneath without worrying about seasonal movement as these are typically stored in the environmentally unstable garage year round.

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#7 posted 08-22-2016 03:32 PM

I normally build for wood movement but did not in the project. I like to experiment and decided to here. I wouldn’t have done this with furniture, but this was a several hour project that I’m not worried about. Like I said I’ll be curious to see what happens after a few years. If you look at my other cornhole board from Oak you’ll see why movement won’t be a problem.

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