|Forum topic by lucky4034||posted 127 days ago||514 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
127 days ago
My name is Mike… I’m from Northern Indiana and this is my first post on lumberjocks and is my first wood working project. I have ZERO experience in woodworking, but I need a hobby and I’m willing to give this a try. The idea of creating something out of nothing using my imagination and hands is very appealing. The only problem is that I don’t know what I’m doing (yet) and have a lot of questions to make sure I’m on the right track.
I want to make a customized Cornhole Set. For those of you who aren’t familiar… Corhole is a game where you throw bean bags at a 2’ x 4’ gameboard with a 6” hole in the center. Its a backyard game that is similar to horse shoes.
The goal is to get accustomed to using my router… a tool I’ve never used before. With that said, I want to avoid using screws and nails at all costs and want to rely on dovetails and dado cuts for the majority of assembly.
A generic board would be very simple to build with plywood, boards, a few screws and a saw… but being my first project, I really want to go above and beyond. This project not only is to produce a customized game for my family to play, but is a chance for me to get my feet wet learning some of the basics of woodworking, therefore I plan on going the extra mile and using a bunch of unnecessary techniques so that I can learn how to use some of the tools I have recently required. (thats where hopefully, you guys will give me a hand).
I plan on using 1/4” oak plywood for the face of the game boards and maybe 1×4 Oak boards for the sides (unless you guys know of some cheaper/better options… I don’t know anything about lumber to be honest).
Here is an image of a generic game board:
~For the sides, I plan on using dovetail joints on all 4 corners and using them to frame the face.
Here is a sketch of the inside of one of the frames that I plan to make…
1. This gameboard is heavy and to keep the weight down, I went with 1/4” plywood. I’m afraid that the flex in the board may cause issues for the epoxy. Will the 1/4” epoxy add rigidity to the face? Or will the flex in the board potentially cause to weaken the epoxy?
2. I can add a support beam under the face of the board… will this help with the issue above (if there is one) or should I go with 1/2” and call it a day?
3. Do you foresee problems with the lengthwise 1/4” dado cuts on the inside of the frame on the ends where they intersect some of the dovetails?
4. I have limited tools but will purchase what I need within reason. I have a router table and table saw as well as a drill and 6” hole saw… Is there anything else obvious that I need?
5. Should I purchase a dovetail jig? (or are dovetails easy enough that I won’t need one?)
6. Any suggestions on epoxy?
As always, any and all comments are welcome. Even if they are negative :D I realize that this post was long, so I thank anyone who made it this far. Keep in mind that I am a complete newb, but am eager to learn so please talk slowly… I probably won’t understand the lingo for awhile.
Thanks in advance,