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Hall Of Fame Cornhole Boards

I’ve decided to introduce a new section for this blog which will include some awesome cornhole boards that readers have designed. However, rather than just showing pictures, I will post some of the construction details. If you have a set of boards that you think are worthy of being features, contact me with the details. To start it off, I will post construction pictures of my cornhole boards.

My girlfriend and I wanted to construct a set of cornhole boards during the spring of 2012. There was a lot of debate between what we would paint on top of the boards. I wanted my sports teams, she wanted her sports teams, I wanted my school colors, she wanted her school colors, etc… We settled on picking each of our baseball teams to paint on top of the boards. My¬† cornhole board was painted with the Yankees logo and my girlfriend painted the Phillies logo. I know what you’re thinking… what an odd cornhole set. Just imagine the looks we get when we bring the boards to either Yankees stadium or Citizens Bank Park to tailgate. I’m surprised there haven’t been any violent attacks to the boards yet.

We decided on several customizations for our cornhole boards. The first included building cupholders into the legs of the boards. We figured, if you’re not shooting you should always have a drink in your hand. But if you’re in the process of shooting, you may want to put your drink down. We cut out cupholders that would hold cannned beers, solo cups, and bottles.

Cornhole Boards Cupholders

After the wood construction was completed it was time to prepare the boards for paint. We added a few coats of primer. Once the primer was dry it was time to start taping up the boards to paint on the team logos. We made stencils out of cardboard to outline the logos. After the paint job was complete, we let the boards sit for a day or two. To protect the paint we added a few coats of polyurethane.

Cornhole boards primed

Cornhole Boards taped

 

Cornhole Board Blue Tape

Once the clear coat was dry it was time to move on to all the addons and gadgets. Underneath one of the boards we installed a cubby that would hold all of the corn bags. The cubby has a door that slides on and locks with a magnet to keep all of the bags secure. Also within the cubby, we installed a retractable cord that goes through a hole at the front of the board. This cord is used to measure how far the boards are from each other; regulation is 27′ between each board. With our system, you simply pull the cord until it turns red. Then you know you’ve reached 27′ feet. Then, simply let go of the cord and it retracts back into the board. We used a laundry hanging wheel for this operation.

 

Cornhole board cubby

Next, we installed LED lights around the hole to illuminate underneath the boards. This makes the games playable into dusk, although not very practical at night. We’re thinking about making some additions to make the boards playable at night including glow in the dark bean bags.

 

Cornhole Boards Light

Cornhole at night

The last step was to add a score board to the back of the board. The scoreboard is great, you use two magnets to to keep score and is great when you’re too drunk to keep track on your own. We also added straps to the side of the boards to carry them with. We bough guitar amp straps which work perfectly for cornhole boards.

Building these boards was frustrating at times, but the end product was worth it. Everyone loves playing on our boards and all first time players are amazed with all the cool features we included. If you want to get a head start building your own boards, check out our review of a pre-built set you can buy online.

Cornhole boards final