Cornhole Project

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Project by SplinteredBoard posted 08-15-2008 03:21 PM 4531 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to build some cornhole boxes for my annual Spring party this year. C’mon, you know what cornhole is. It’s that bean bag tossing game that is really popular right now. Anyway, this is the project that catapulted me into the woodworking hobby.

Cornhole Boxes

The boxes are made of 3/4” cabinet grade birch plywood. I added a 1/2” roundover to the edges of the top panel, the holes, and the handles.

Cornhole Boxes Handles

Cornhole Boxes Side View

Finishing: I made three passes of 100 grit, 220 grit and 400 grit with a coat of Varathane’s Dark Walnut after each sanding. These boxes are VERY smooth!

Tools used: Router, Jigsaw, Circular saw, Drill.

Joinery: None – about 30 counter sunk screws per box (plugs used to fill screw holes).

-- Splintered Board Podcast - Woodworker Un-extraordinaire

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#1 posted 08-15-2008 03:29 PM

great job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#2 posted 08-15-2008 03:39 PM

SplinteredBoard, please let us in on the game, how does it work….

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 08-15-2008 04:09 PM

You can find the official rules here

I used that site to get the official dimensions of the boxes.

Basically, you set the boxes up facing each other (20’ or 30’ away) and toss canvas bags, full of corn, and try to get them in the holes. It’s become hugely popular lately. At least it has in the Chicagoland area…

-- Splintered Board Podcast - Woodworker Un-extraordinaire

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#4 posted 08-15-2008 04:16 PM

I want to touch them!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 08-15-2008 04:19 PM

:-) Ahhh yes, cornhole.

Cornhole hasn’t made it across the US yet. I’ve got some neighbors that are from Ohio so I know what it is – he’s got a set that we pull out in the cul-de-sac and play. I’m in Atlanta and a lot of people look at you really strangely if you say you’re playing cornhole with your friends… The name is slowly changing to “Corn Toss” around here.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#6 posted 08-15-2008 04:54 PM

Got it:

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#7 posted 08-15-2008 05:27 PM

Nice job, looks like a fun game.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#8 posted 08-15-2008 05:31 PM

PaBull, I’m not sure that picture is a true reflection of the game. I only see one beer.

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#9 posted 08-15-2008 09:02 PM

Ok, Josh, I do not know who I stole the pictures from, but here is three beers…

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 08-15-2008 09:11 PM

Mmmmm Beer

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#11 posted 08-15-2008 09:27 PM

lol,16oz beers. Now that looks like the cornhole games I have seen.

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#12 posted 08-16-2008 12:26 AM

Looks like Peyton Manning put on a few pounds in the off season…

-- Never pet a burning dog...

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#13 posted 08-16-2008 01:15 AM

We’ve been playing a lot of that at family gatherings this summer. I think my BIL keeps it in his truck (painted Ohio State Colors…. I’m partial to your wooden one myself. Been fun, easier to play with a beer to counterbalance the bean bag…
I was thinking the surface should be a little rougher to help keep more on the board, but I guess the slow accumulation of corn dust from the bags helps keep the game good and slick.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 08-16-2008 03:42 AM

its a soft version of horseshoes…...Never heard of it up here in the northeast, and your title scared me a little.


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#15 posted 08-17-2008 11:54 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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