How to Build Cornhole Boards

Looking for a reason to get out of the house and play some lawn games? This classic backyard game is easy to learn, fun to play and inexpensive to make yourself.

Time

A few hours

Complexity

Beginner

Cost

$20-50

Introduction

Cornhole boards are tailgating classics. Though the game might be difficult to master, it's easy to build the boards. Follow our step-by-step instructions and measurements to make a pair of cornhole boards in one day.

Tools Required

  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Compass
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw

Materials Required

  • 1x4 Boards (4)
  • 2-ft. x 4-ft. Plywood (2)
  • Bolts (4)
  • Construction Screws (20)
  • Nuts (4)

Cutting List

This list will give you the basic cornhole board specs.

Cornhole Boards Cutting ListFamily Handyman

Project step-by-step (8)

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Step 1

Cut Your Boards to Size

To make the boards for your own backyard cornhole set, first cut the 1x4s into four 48-in. boards for the sides, four 22-1/2-in. boards for the front and back, and four 15-in. boards for the legs. These are the standard cornhole dimensions. The 15-in. length may seem long, but you will cut them to the actual length later in the process.

cutting boards for cornhole

Step 2

Construct Your Boxes

Fasten the 1x4s into boxes with pilot holes and screws. 

assembling box for cornhole boards

Step 3

Mark and Cut the Holes in the Plywood

Take your 2-ft. x 4-ft. piece of plywood and mark a point 12-in. from a side edge and nine in. from the top edge. Then draw a 6-in. diameter circle around the mark using a compass. Drill a pilot hole along the edge of the circle and use your jigsaw to cut out the rest of the hole.

mark holes for cornhole boards

starter hole for cornhole boards

cutting out hole in cornhole boards

Step 4

Attach the Plywood to the Box

Clamp the plywood to the box. Use a countersink bit to drill pilot holes and fasten the plywood with screws.

attaching plywood to cornhole box

Step 5

Cut the Leg Arcs

Mark 1-3/4 -in. down the length of the 15-in. legs and use a compass to draw an arc. Cut the arc with a jigsaw.

marking arc for cornhole boards legs

marking arcs for cornhole legs

cutting arcs in cornhole board legs

Step 6

Fit the Legs

Turn the box upside down. Lay one leg parallel to a side of the box, as shown, with the arc side in the corner. Clamp it in place. Drill a 1-1/2-in. hole through both pieces as shown. Repeat the process for the second leg, then fasten the legs to the board with nuts and bolts.

fitting cornhole board legs

adding cornhole board legs

Step 7

Cut the Angle for the Legs

Lift up the platform using a bucket, a piece of scrap wood, or  reallyanything that can boost the top of the plywood to 12-in. from the ground, and position it on the edge of your worktable. Fold out the legs and use your worktable to mark the angle on the legs as shown. Detach the legs and cut along the line with a circular saw. 

measuring cornhole board legs

cutting cornhole board leg angles

Step 8

Sand, Paint, and Play

Sand your boards, and prime and paint them however you see fit with high-gloss paint. You can really create custom cornhole boards with a unique paint job. Then go out and start practicing with your cornhole set.

To set up a cornhole game in your backyard or wherever you're tailgating, just fold out the legs and place the cornhole boards 27-ft. apart from front to front. Next, check out more of our favorite outdoor woodworking projects for beginners.

finished and painted cornhole boards