Rival Corn Hole Boards (and totally over-engineered)

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Project by Live4Brew posted 01-05-2012 09:24 PM 8082 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!).

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 10:43 PM

pretty darn fancy ,good job.

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 11:26 PM

These look great and the gloss finish really sets them off. Is that a white ‘ring’ that surrounds the hole that stands proud of the surface? Hard to tell from the photos.


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#3 posted 01-05-2012 11:27 PM

White, painted ring.

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 01:50 AM

This has been on my project list for a while, these look really great! Adding these to my favorites.

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 03:00 AM

Had to Google “corn hole board” to find out what those are used for. I was thinking something else.

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 05:43 AM

Carolina Blue all the way !!! Oh yeah, nice looking work !

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#8 posted 01-06-2012 07:23 PM

For several reasons I sand with 320 between coats of water based PU. I use the stuff all the time and I never had air bubbles. You have to be careful to stir and not shake before you apply it. if you shake you are almost guaranteed to get air bubbles.

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#9 posted 01-06-2012 10:12 PM


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#10 posted 01-07-2012 02:07 PM

Kool project.
Are those decals? if so, post the URL – thanks
Using foam brush will also impart bubbles.
I used water based PU on a chair for my wife and sanded between each of the 15 coats – has a beautiful depth to it.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#11 posted 01-27-2012 07:55 PM

Nice job on the boards.

I’m also trying to see if you are the Live4Brew that is on the NCWood website. That site is down and I can’t retrieve your message information.


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