For a luau-themed software launch party at meltmedia, we wanted to be able to play Cornhole. I don’t know that Cornhole is a regular game played at traditional luaus, but at meltmedia luaus it is. As I am the Chief Tinkerer (see proof on Instagram) at meltmedia, I volunteered to build the game parts for the festivities.
If you’re not familiar with Cornhole, it’s a very simple game: Toss little corn-feed-filled cloth bags at a 6″ hole in 24″ x 48″ board that’s about 30′ away from you. For all the official rules, go to (I’m not kidding, here) the Official Cornhole Rules page at the American Cornhole Association website. It’s hard not to giggle.
If you have even the most basic of woodworking skills and tools, you can do this. Here’s what you need:
- Circular saw (optional, if you have a lumber supplier that will cut things for you)
- Miter Saw (again, optional if the lumber yard will do it for you)
- Drill and a bit (bit size to match bolt below)
- Four bolts (any diameter you want, length that can make it through the ¾” side board and the 1½” legs)
- Four nuts that fit bolts
- Four lock washers that fit bolts
- Eight fender washers that fit bolts
- Faces: Two 24″ x 48″ pieces of 11/32″ plywood
- Sides: Four 48″ pieces of ¾” x 3½” pine (¾” x 2″ if you want to be all official-n-stuff)
- Sides: Four 22″ pieces of ¾” x 3½” pine (¾” x 2″ if you want to be all official-n-stuff) (you can purchase SIX total 48″ pieces and cut two of them into 22½” lengths)
- Legs: Four 1½” x 1½” x 11½” pine pine (I used poplar for some reason) (the length of 11½” is the longest length, there is a 10-ish° cut on that end that leaves a shorter length on the opposite side) (see CAD drawring)
- Eight square duck cloth pouches filled with dry corn feed (I bought two sets of four at a local Walmart)
One thing I didn’t follow was the 2½” height rule for the front face of the board. You can see above (material list) and below (CAD) that I used ¾” x 3 ½” pine boards for the sides. So, I guess these aren’t fully official, but they’re perfect for your back yard, camping or at the office. Hopefully the ACA won’t hunt me down and pummel me with corn bags. When I was buying the wood, I think I saw the ¾” pine boards and figured they were close enough. Obviously, 2″ boards would be cheaper, so knock yourself out.