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Box-style boards are a less common style of Cornhole Boards that are made like a box, without the open sides. These boards can be made with a single piece of plywood, and zero 2×4’s.

The boards are lightweight, but are bulky and less convenient to store and transport.

SUPPLIES

  • 1 1/2” PLYWOOD SHEET – 4’ x 8’
  • 1 BOX 1″ or 1-1/2″ WOOD SCREWS
  • Optional: 2″x2″ FOR INTERNAL BRACING

TOOLS

  • TAPE MEASURE
  • 4’ LONG STRAIGHT EDGE OR FRAMING SQUARE
  • TABLE, CIRCULAR, OR HAND SAW
  • HOLE SAW, ROTOZIP, OR JIG SAW (W/ GUIDE)
  • DRILL
  • COMPASS
  • PAINTING SUPPLIES

Board Building Directions

STEP ONE:

Cut the 8’x4′ plywood sheet using the following diagram.  (All of the required pieces to build BOTH goals can be cut from the single sheet of 8’x4′ plywood)  Remember that you will lose about 1/8″ of material from each cut, so cut & measure all sections individually.  When cutting the line between the two pieces that will become the front and back ends, make the cut at a 10° angle.  This will allow the playing surface to rest firmly against the sides of the frame.  Before the cut, figure out which side of the board will  be the exterior face to prevent using the low-grade side.

STEP TWO:

Cut the holes.  On both of the 4’ x 2’ pieces, measure 9” from the top and 12” from the side of the platform.  This will be the center of the hole.  Use a compass set to 3” to draw the circle.  If you don’t have a compass, wrap a piece of string around a nail and connect a pencil to the other side 3” from the nail.  Hold the nail in the center and draw the circle.  Cut out the hole.  A 6” hole saw or a jig saw with a rip guide are popular methods.

STEP THREE:

Ready the cut pieces for assembly.  Assembly can be done in several ways.  One method, is to start with the platform face down.  Apply a small bead of wood glue along the 2 side rails, and secure them to the board using clamps.  A few screws or nails can then be applied from underneath to further secure the rails to the face.  Now flip the board over and drill any remaining screws down into the sides.  The front and back can now be attached fairly easily. Pre-drilling, and then countersinking the holes, will provide the best results, and the smoothest playing surface.

STEP FOUR:  OPTIONAL

Putty, sand, and paint your boards.  Applying wood putty to any areas where wood has chipped or seams did not line up perfectly will improve the look or your boards once they are painted, and  hide many imperfections.  Painting can be done in a number of ways.  For best results, use 2 coats of primer before applying 2 coats of exterior paint.

STEP FIVE:  OPTIONAL

Customize your board.  Borders, colors, and graphics.   Make your board YOURS, so be creative!

Graphics for plywood cutting and dimensions:

DOWNLOAD – Box Style Building Instructions

Design by Cornhole Game Players Forum member Jeremy. These cornhole board building instructions used with permission from Cornhole Game Players.