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  • Cornhole/Bean Bag Toss

    Cut and label the parts as needed, using the Cut List and Cutting Diagram as guides and adjusting for fit.
     
    Cut the board’s hole
    a. Measure and mark the location for the hole on the (01) board as shown
    in Figure 1. Use a compass and a pencil to draw the outline for the hole.
    b. Use a jigsaw to cut out the hole.
     
    Attach the trim parts
    a. Using glue and nails, attach the (02) side trim to the (01) board with the ends and top edges flush (see Figure 2). Note: This creates an approximately 2-inch reveal on the back of the (01) board.
    b. Attach the (03) end trim to the (01) board and to the (02) side trim using glue and nails. The (03) end trim covers the ends of the (02) side trim.
     
    Make the board’s stand
    a. Following the (04) leg layout in Figure 3, cut the (04) legs to shape and scribe the (06) dowel location.
    b. Position the (05) rail flush with the 90-degree ends of the (04) legs, and attach using glue and screws.
    c. Using glue and screws, attach the (06) dowel as shown in Figure 3.
    d. On the back of the board assembly, position the (07) stand strip flush with the inside edges, and attach with glue.
     
    Paint the assemblies, and attach the hardware
    a. Fill holes with wood filler; sand, prime, and paint the board and stand assemblies.
    b. Place the board assembly facedown. Lay the stand assembly in the folded-down position with the (04) legs long point facing up. The (05) rail should be flush against the 1/4-inch side of the (07) stand strip.
    c. Attach the stand assembly to the (07) stand strip with 2-inch utility hinges.
    d. Position a disc magnet 3/4 inch from the bottom on the back of each (04) leg, and then attach with construction adhesive.
    e. Lay the stand assembly in the folded-down position, and mark the placement of the magnets on the (01) board.
    f. Using construction adhesive, attach the corresponding disc magnet for each leg to the (01) board. Note: Test the placements of the magnets to make sure they will attract each other.
    g. Allow the construction adhesive to dry overnight.
    h. Attach a door pull in the center of one (02) side trim part.
     
    How to play
    If you can throw straight, you can master the art of playing cornhole.
    Game Play
    Players stand 27 feet from the closest edge of the cornhole board. Each player takes turns throwing four bags. The board is then cleared, and the next player takes a turn.
    Scoring
    To score, a bag must land on the board or in the hole. A bag landing on the board, hanging off the board, or hanging on the hole is worth 1 point. A bag that falls through the hole is worth 3 points. A player may toss a bag directly into the hole, slide a bag in, or use another bag to push in a bag that’s already on the board. The first player to score 21 is the winner.
    For a detailed explanation of the official rules and setup, visit the American Cornhole Association at PlayCornhole.org.
     
    How To Make Cornhole Bags
    For each bag, cut two 7-inch-square pieces of fabric. Place the pieces together. Using a sewing machine, sew a 1/2-inch seam around the sides of the bag, leaving an opening in the middle of one side. Turn the square inside out, and fill with 11/2 to 2 cups of corn. After you’ve filled the bag, fold the open seam in and stitch with your machine. Make sure the bag is sealed; doublestitching is required.

    A plan I originally created for Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Woodworkers magazine.

    Download the Cutting Diagram and Illustrations by clicking on the links at the bottom of this column..

    Cut List
    # Part Name - Quantity - Material - Size (in inches)
    01 board - 1 - plywood - 1⁄2 x 22 1⁄2 x 46 1⁄2
    02 side trim - 2 - 1 x 3 x 4 - 3⁄4 x 2 1⁄2 x 46 1⁄2
    03 end trim - 2 - 1 x 3 x 6 - 3⁄4 x 2 1⁄2 x 24
    04 legs - 2 - 1 x 2 - 3⁄4 x 11⁄2 x 11 1⁄2*
    05 rail - 1 - 1 x 2 - 3⁄4 x 1 1⁄2 x 20 3⁄4
    06 dowel - 1 - round dowel - 1 x 20 3⁄4
    07 stand strip - 1 - 1/4 x 2 - 1⁄4 x 1 1⁄2 x 22 1⁄2
    * From long point to end.
    Tools you'll use:
    circular saw with straight edge guide
    miter saw (or handsaw with miter box)
    jigsaw
    drill/driver with bits
    power sander and various grits of
    sandpaper
    tape measure
    compass
    paintbrush
    pencil
     
    Lumber
    1 board, 1⁄4 x 2 x 2
    1 board, 1 x 2 x 4
    2 boards, 1 x 3 x 4
    1 board, 1 x 3 x 6
    1 round dowel, 1- x 48-inch
    1 sheet of plywood, 1⁄2-inch x 2- x 4-foot
     
    Hardware & Supplies
    1 (53⁄4-inch-long) door pull
    2 (2-inch) utility hinges
    1 package (#8 x 2-inch) screws
    1 box of 4d finishing nails
    1 package (3⁄4-inch) disc magnets
    paintable wood filler (PL)
    wood glue (Titebond II)
    construction adhesive
    1 quart of exterior primer (Valspar)
    1 quart of exterior paint (Valspar Ultra
    Premium, Dark Kettle Black 4011-2, semigloss)
    1 quart of paint (Valspar Ultra Premium,
    Tangy 3008-1A, semi-gloss)
    *Availability varies by market.

    Cutting Diagram

    Figures

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