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How to Build Your Own Tailgate Toss

Whether you call the game Tailgate Toss, Cornhole, Corn Toss, or Beanbag Throw, it's all the same game. In this article, we have given you instructions for to build it so that you can include this game at your next tailgate party. Also, you can practice for our Tailgating Championships which will be starting in Fall of 2009!


  • Two (2) pieces of 1/4 " thick fiberboard or plywood, cut into 2 ft. by 4ft. sections.
  • Two (2) pieces of 1/4 " thick fiberboard or plywood, cut into 2 ft. by 1ft. sections.
  • Four (4) 2" by 4" pieces of wood cut to 20” in length. HINT: If you don't want to cut the wood yourself, Home Depot, Lowes, and most Ace Hardware stores will cut it for you at a minimal cost.
  • One (1) box of deck screws.
  • One (1) pint of primer paint.
  • (1) pint of Orange and Blue Paint
  • Tools: JigSaw, and circular saw if you are cutting your own lengths.
  • Compass
  • 150 Grit Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Beanbags


  • Attach the two 4 ft. lengths of 2 inch by 4 inch (2x4) board underneath the fiberboard, flush against the edge, using deck screws.
  • Attach the two 20" lengths of 2x4 to the fiberboard using deck screws, sliding them in between the two attached 4 ft. lengths.
  • After the sides are securely fastened, locate and mark the point that is 9" from the top of the board, and 12"from either side.
  • Drill a starter hole (at least 1/2" wide on the inside edge of the circle. This will make it easier to cut along the circle you have just traced.
  • Using your jigsaw, cut out the circle, and sand the top and inside edges when you are done.
  • Take one of the 2 ft. by 1 ft. pieces of fiberboard, and use deck screws to attach it to the outside of the top part of the board, forming the stand for the rear of the board.
  • Sand the entire board until smooth, then apply a coat of primer paint.
  • After the primer paint has dried, use your orange and blue paint to paint the wood. If you want to get really detailed, you can put stickers on the board after the paint is dry and then polyurethane over the top of it.
  • Repeat for the other board, and start playing!

About Rusty Thompson

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Rusty Thompson has an extreme passion for the Gator Football, Tailgating, and Jorts; which merged together to help him co-found Follow him on Twitter @RustyT22.
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