STEP 2: ROUND UP YOUR SUPPLIES
Here is a complete list of all the supplies you should need for a basic cornhole set. Go to the store and buy it all in one clean shot. However, we recommend you read through all the instructions first so it’s clear why you need each item. You’ll find pictures of each item later.
- 1/2″ thick sheet of plywood – one 4’x4′ or two 2’x4’s
- 8′ long 2×4′s (4)
- 4 1/2″ long 3/8″ diameter carriage bolts (4)
- 3/8″ flat washers (4)
- 3/8″ wing nuts (4)
- 2 1/2″ wood screws (1 box)
Here’s a list of all the tools I used as well.
They’re not all necessary but certainly the more power tools you can round up the easier it will all be.
- circular saw (alternative: table saw or hand saw
- mitre saw (alternative: hand saw with a mitre box)
- measuring tape
- clamps (optional but very handy)
- power drill and assorted bits (up to a 3/8” bit in size)
- sandpaper (coarse, medium, and fine grit or at least medium)
- compass (optional)
You’ll find that the dimensions for a cornhole table conveniently coincide with the standard dimensions of lumber. Because of this, we find it’s most efficient and cost effective to build two sets at once. It’s like buying in bulk – the larger the pieces of wood, the cheaper it is per inch. Just double each of the items listed above and buy a 4’x8’ piece of plywood instead. Recruit a partner for that extra set and you’ll appreciate having a buddy to help with the process. (Just make sure you build the other person’s set first so you can learn from your mistakes before you make your own!)
Take an extra 5 minutes to select some excellent lumber. Make sure your 2x4s aren’t warped, split, or chewed up. Also, try to get a piece of plywood that has as few defects as possible.
You’re gonna want your platform surface to be as smooth as a baby’s butt so save yourself the extra work of filling in gaps.
We asked Home Depot to cut our plywood in half for easier transport home. If you do the same, make sure they know this is for a precision Cornhole set! Hover over their shoulder when they make that measurement because you don’t want to be violating the American Cornhole Association established dimensions!