Grateful Dead Themed Cornhole boards

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Project by TonyArru posted 10-09-2018 01:34 PM 735 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 3rd and best set of cornhole boards to date…lol.
They are made out of 1/2 inch birch plywood and 1×4 Poplar. They are assembled using pocket screws and glue. Then coated with 3 coats of an oil based polyurethane and gel stain for the designs. The “steal your face” logo over the holes was vinyl cut by a friend of mine who owns a vinyl cutting machine. I also purchased Red and Blue bags to play the game with which also feature the “steal your face logo” embroidered on each one in full color (red, blue and white).

The process of applying the lightning bolt design was new to me and it worked great. There is a guy in Tennessee who makes cornhole boards and I used his technique:
I drew the lightning bolt then cut out a pattern, laid down a field of blue tape, and transferred the design to the blue tape, cut it out with and exacto knife then applied gel stain for a really crisp edge. I will be doing this again for sure! Thanks guy from Tennessee!

Hope you enjoy this one,
Thanks for looking!

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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#1 posted 10-09-2018 01:55 PM

these remind me of a song
Built to last till time itself falls tumbling from the wall
Built to last till sunshine fails and darkness moves on all
Built to last while years roll past like cloudscapes in the sky
Show me something built to last or something built to try


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 10-09-2018 02:20 PM

Thank you! Robert Hunter was one heck of a song writer….I figured I catch at least one other fan’s eye with these.
Thanks for checking them out!

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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#3 posted 10-11-2018 09:36 AM

Great Job Tony! ! !

Build Cornhole Boards myself so I can really appreciate the work you put in to these beauties. Especially the “Tennessee Staining” technique. Think I’ll be trying that as well. Thanks for the play by play photos.

Just curious as to your design of the boards themselves. Do they mate together in any way?

Great job. . . Looking forward to your next “musical” corn hole build! ! !

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .

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#4 posted 10-12-2018 01:39 AM

Thanks for the kind words Dorald, The boards do not mate together in any way, I thought about doing that, along with some built in storage for the bags, I suppose I still could in the future, however these boards are just as is.

Im glad to see that you can appreciate the work that went into these boards, since, 90% of the boards that get built out there are more or less, mildly skilled guys with 2×4’s and a cordless drill, but still can build very effective and fun boards. Even as I was building them, I kept thinking about how much none of my friends will ever notice the chamfered edges or any other detail of craftsmanship that was no doubt unnecessary but none the less fun to do! lol.

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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#5 posted 10-20-2018 10:34 PM


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