|Project by Live4Brew||posted 01-05-2012 09:24 PM||6796 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
I built a set of corn hole boards for myself last year very similar to the ones I am posting. My friend liked them so much, he asked me to build him an identical set.
I made several improvements over the first (even though none affect playability) – such as: all connections on board and legs are doweled, each corner is braced, and the legs now have built-in stops to prevent the ends of the boards from taking a beating from the legs as the bags slam the board (I wanted to keep the outside paint job in-tact with no visible seams).
I came up with this design for a number of reasons. I don’t like hardware in woodworking projects, so I like to hide it as much as possible (most people have a bolt from the outside all the way through the legs. a bit unsightly in my opinion). I wanted to see no seams in workmanship. I wanted the boards to be easier to carry (lighter) so I made them out of 1/2” birch (instead of the typical 3/4” – but added a brace to prevent excess bounce) and the skirt from 1×4 (instead of the typical 2×4). The legs, when closed, have just enough friction to stay closed when you transport them (instead of flopping around).
The only draw back to these is the finish. I used Minwax Water based poly because I didn’t want the whites to looks yellow. This finish is a bear to get right. There are a ton of air bubbles permanently in the finish and it makes me sick to think about it considering how many hours I put into this project (you don’t want to know!).