Texas Longhorn Cornhole Set

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Project by Lance posted 10-22-2012 03:39 AM 13607 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our family camping trip is coming up and they asked me to make a Cornhole Set, I didn’t have the correct size ply on hand so I decided to make the game a little smaller with the scrap I had, thought it would benefit me when transporting the game too.

I’m a Texas fan but didn’t graduate from UT, I got my degree from Texas State, 30 minutes south of Austin. On the other hand, my brother in-law is a HUGE fan and alumni of Texas so that’s why I painted the longhorns instead of the Bobcats. I plan on giving the set to my sister and brother in-law for x-mas/b-day this year. When we’re all packing up to go home from camping, i’m going to say…. Merry X-mas and Happy B-day!!! lol Plus it’s less stuff for me to pack to head home!! ;)

I used 1/2” Baltic Birch ply and 3/4” Popular, sprayed 4 coats of Minwax Polycrylic. I used Pre-mask and painted the logo.

Bought the bags off of

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#1 posted 10-22-2012 03:50 AM

great set, Lance! How is the surface with the polycrylic on it? I want to make a set, but was wanting to know how to finish the top first – you dont want it too slick and you dont want it too “sticky” – its got to be just right….

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 03:58 AM

It’s funny you say that, when they were done drying I tested them out, they worked great, took them back in the shop, sanded them with 320 to get some of the pumps off, I then wiped mineral spirit to get all the dust off the surface, that’s when I realized they looked slick, so I tested it out, sure enough nothing stayed!! lol I added past wax and cut the legs down an inch, I should have shortened the legs previously since I shortened the boards.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 12:32 PM

Good idea to latch them together like that. They came out very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 10-24-2012 01:29 AM

Very nice set of boards! I have never seen dovetails on cornhole boards! lol

Polycrylic is pretty much the standard finish used on most cornhole boards. I have a small cornhole company and I finish all my boards with polycrylic if they have paint on them, since it dries clear.

As for slickness, the poly is about right, satin poly is best. One thing that really has a great affect on the slickness is the humidity when your playing. Another is the bags, a broke in set doesn’t slide nearly as much as a new set. Also, when the corn dust comes off the bags and coats the boards you get a slicker surface too.

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#5 posted 06-11-2014 03:33 PM

Sorry for digging up an old thread, but I”m trying to make something similar and I’m curious how the two boards connect for transport with the handles? I see some locking clasps but any detail would be appreciated!

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#6 posted 06-11-2014 04:15 PM

Keyser_Soze, If you make your legs wider than the side pieces and flush with the inside of the side supports, the legs with the Locking clasps on the top, and 2 ends makes it really tight for transport. If you don’t have the legs to help support the pieces all your weight is relying on the locking clasps.

Hope this helps.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#7 posted 06-14-2014 09:10 PM

It does, thanks for the pointer, and love the stained sides and joinery. I too went to UT and my younger brother is going to Tx State :P.

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#8 posted 09-19-2014 09:22 PM

love the dovetails and the artwork..very very nice.

-- Jerry,Texas,

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#9 posted 01-03-2016 02:19 PM

Hey Lance, I’m a Longhorn fan myself and an alum. I live in Austin now and have been looking for a nice Longhorn corn hole set but haven’t found anything to my liking. These are spectacular! Would you be willing to make a set exactly like these? And if so, how much do you think you would charge?

Thanks, and Hook ‘em \m/

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