"Bean Bags, Cornhole, Bags" Whatever you want to call it!

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Project by davethenovice posted 04-29-2011 10:39 PM 1711 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bean Bags, Cornhole, Bags – whatever you want to call it is a game played out doors and is very popular in some areas of the country as well as big with tailgaters.

My grandpa built a set of these about 25 years ago for my family which my dad has possession of in Michigan which we still use every summer. The original bag ramps were made of 1/2 pine plywood with closed sides, stained and finished with poly. Due to my limited space in the garage, I figured I would construct something that would still work for the game, but was a little more space friendly and better for travel for vacations.

I used construction 2X4”s for the sides and legs as well as 1/2” pine plywood for the top. I am a new woodworker, so there is no fancy joinery used in this project. I am still learning to use my tools, cut correctly and finish projects using stain and poly. If my skills advance I will move on to the different types of joinery for future projects as well as upgrade my tools! The frame is connected via pocket hole screws I just counter sunk screws from the top into the frame to attach it.

I just need to add a few more coats of poly to the ramp on the right then wax them up and they will be ready to go. Inaugural game will be played Memorial Weekend when family comes into town (if I can get my wife to finish the bags of course!)

Thanks for looking!

-- Dave the novice - Illinois

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#1 posted 04-29-2011 11:16 PM

Looks good Dave. I like how the stain turned out irregular on the plywood. No need for fancy joints on these boards! I made a set of boards last year. I ended up sewing the bags up myself. Nothing like a woodworker buying fabric at AC Moore and figuring out the sewing machine! We play washers and ladder golf, but cornhole is still my favorite.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#2 posted 04-30-2011 05:15 AM

Jason – I am not sure what the deal was with the stain, it just wouldn’t take to that one section. Overall I am happy how they turned out, especially the top clear coat because it has to be nice and smooth and was my first time really finishing a project with polyurethane. We like to wax the boards up so the bads slide real good for a little more of a challenge! Thanks for the comments.

-- Dave the novice - Illinois

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#3 posted 04-30-2011 02:22 PM

They look great Dave. I’ve made quite a few sets myself, for my son and several of his friends. I must admit when I heard you say you are going to wax them it made me cringe a little bit. After the first couple sets, they asked me not to make them not quite so smooth. As they bags kept sliding off the far end too easily.
Keep up the good work.

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#4 posted 04-30-2011 06:32 PM

Woodfella – we love it when the bags slide up the ramp, but thats how we are used to playing, makes for a good challenge. I know a lot of people paint them and that makes the bags stick a bit more. I am excited to get out and use them, just need to finish up the score tower fully equipped with drink holders and I’ll be good to go!

-- Dave the novice - Illinois

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