How to Build a Cornhole Scoreboard

We share instructions on how to build a cornhole scoreboard to complete your cornhole set just in time for a big tailgate.

By: Chip Wade
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Materials and Tools:

  • measuring tape
  • framing square
  • pocket hole jig
  • protractor or angle finder
  • pencil
  • 3/8" Forstner bit (recommended)
  • circular saw
  • 3-5/8" hole saw or jigsaw
  • optional: router with roundover bit
  • drill/driver
  • square with built-In level
  • metal shears
  • (1) sheet of 3/4" plywood
  • (1) 1' piano hinge
  • (2) cup holder inserts
  • (1) small box of 1-1/4” coarse pocket hole screws
  • wood glue
  • screen and storm door chain stop
  • (2) scoring pegs, 3/8" x 1-3/4” long steel rod
  • (1) 1" x 0.875" latch magnet
  • (2) closing latches
  • desired paint or finish
  • clear silicone

Cost: $
Skill Level: 2/4
Time: Less than 1/2 day

Follow our easy instructions on how to build a cornhole set, then build this scoreboard to get ready for your tailgate.

Cut All Pieces

Cut all pieces from 3/4" thick plywood according to cut list below.

Cut List:

A: (2) 1' x 3' (cut one with a 15-degree angle on the short/narrow end)
B: (1) 6" x 1'
C: (4) 2-1/4" x 2'4"
D: (2) 2-1/4" x 10-1/2"

Cut at an Angle

For each C piece (four total), cut a 15-degree angle at one end. 

Cut for Cup Holders

Lay out piece B horizontally, and mark at 3” and 9” using a measuring tape and pencil (Image 1). Use a hole saw or jigsaw to cut (2) 3-5/8” holes for cup holders at the marks (Images 2 and 3).

Mark for Spacing and Alignment

Lay out piece A (without the 15-degree angle cut), and use a measuring tape and pencil to mark at 3”, 6” and 9” across the short end of wood. This helps with exact spacing and alignment and creating straight vertical lines for hole alignment.

Cut Holes for Scoring

Use a framing square to mark corners (Image 1), and then measure every 1-1/2” to mark for each scoring hole (Image 2). Cut scoring holes in piece A using a 3/8" Forstner bit, totaling 21 stopped holes (should not go all the way through wood) along each of the two vertical lines (Images 3 and 4).

Cut Holes for Handles

Lay out and cut handle holes with a hole saw and jigsaw in piece A (the piece with a 15-degree angle cut).

Attach Pieces

Cut holes with a pocket hole jig (Image 1), and then attach two C pieces and a D piece per A piece with 1-1/4" coarse pocket hole screws, a drill and wood glue (Images 2 and 3). Use a square with a built-in level to make sure piece D is level.

Attach Piano Hinge

Use measuring tape and metal shears to cut the ¾" piano hinge that is 1' long to make it 11" long. Then, attach piece A (the piece without the 15-degree angle) to the front side of piece B with the piano hinge and a screwdriver. Paint in desired color, and let dry.

Attach Door Chain Stop

Attach the door chain stop between both A pieces, and adjust to proper length.

Insert Cup Holders

Apply clear silicone to cup holders, and insert into holes.

Attach Magnet

Attach latch magnet to hold scoring pegs to the top side of piece D, so you don’t lose the pegs.

Attach Latches

Attach two closing latches to C pieces using a screwdriver to hold the scoreboard closed during storage and transportation.
 

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