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How to Make Your own Cornhole Set

If you enjoy playing cornhole and are a do it yourself kind of person, here is a set of simple cornhole game plans for how to make a cornhole game set, along with the plans is a list of suggested tools. We hope that you enjoy creating your own cornhole set using our simple cornhole designs. After you review these plans, you will be showing others how to make cornhole boards in no time. These plans use standard cornhole dimensions. These plans do not offer a collapsible leg, but are still right on.


1 1/2″ plywood sheet -4’x 8′
3 2″ x 4″ boards – 8′ long
1 box of deck screws

Tape Measure
Jig saw
Circular or mitre saw
150 grit sandpaper

Step by Step Instructions

Step One

Take the 4×8 sheet of plywood and cut it into four equal sections, all 2×4. Then take one section and cut it into 4 sections that are 11 1/2″ x 2′.

Step Two

Take two of the 2x4x8′ boards and cut then into 4 equal lengths. They should be 3’x11 1/2″. They are this size so that a riser can be added later on to tilt your finished board.

Step Three

Next take each of the 3’x11 1/2″ boards and attach then with deck screws to each of the long sides of the platforms. Leave a 1/2″ gap at the end you want to be the top of the game board.

Step Four

Measure between the side rail boards for the exact measurement for the top and bottom rails on each platform, then cut the remaining 2 x 4 to match those measurements. Then attach those cut pieces, on edge,with deck screws through the side pieces.

Step Five

Set the platform on the ground, right side up. You are about to find the cornhole position so, go to the top of the board. That is the end that does not have a rail. Find the center of the cornhole by measuring 9″ from the top, then 12″ from each of the sides. This will give you the dead nuts center of the cornhole. Now use a compass or a nail with a 3″ piece of string attached to it and a pencil to draw a complete circle. After drawing the circle drill a hole in the center that is large enough to insert the blade of your jigsaw. Begin cutting out the circle you drew. After cutting out the hole then use the sandpaper to smooth out the edges.

Step Six

Now take one of the 11 1/2″ x 2′ boards and attach it above the cornhole. It will fit into that 1/2″ gap and be affixed with deck screws to the side boards.

You are now ready to play cornhole. If you want to paint the boards we recommend that you use a primer and then gloss enamel. If you use outdoor/house paint the paint job should last as long as your boards.

If you want to make your own cornhole bags, please check out the article I have written. I will be posting it on this site in the next few days. It is a detailed instructional on how to sew them yourself.

I would like to hear your feedback on how well these instructions work.


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