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    Default Bean bag game boards

    I need to start building 5 sets of bean bag game boards for my daughters fund raiser. I've built a couple for myself and family and stayed with the smaller 2' X 3' size but her group insists on 2' X 4'. It's suggested to use 3/4 plywood in a lot of plans but that makes them heavy. Their plan is to make them collaspible for storage and re-use. The couple I made I just found a 6" diameter something traced it and cut if with a jig saw. It's OK but a little wavy. I was told a router will work well but I'm not sure how to set it up. I know I can buy a 6" hole saw but after these boards I'll have no use and I do own a router. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions on what a good material would be besides 3/4 plywood and cutting out the circles?

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    Default Re: Bean bag game boards

    And it is best to do it in multiple cuts. Make the first turn with the bit barely touching the plywood, then lower the bit about a " at a time to minimize tear out.

    Jack
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    Default Re: Bean bag game boards

    i made mine with 1/2" plywood still very sturdy...i also used a jig saw and a 6" round something

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    Since you're likely putting a frame around the plywood anyway, 1/2" will be more than sufficient.

    As for cutting the hole, you can rough it out with a jigsaw then clean up the hole with a router or drum sander or as Jack suggests, make a jig for the router and cut the hole.
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    Default Re: Bean bag game boards

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    Since you're likely putting a frame around the plywood anyway, 1/2" will be more than sufficient.

    As for cutting the hole, you can rough it out with a jigsaw then clean up the hole with a router or drum sander or as Jack suggests, make a jig for the router and cut the hole.
    great advice as always

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    Default Re: Bean bag game boards

    With boys of my own I have made many bean bag games though my wife made the bean bags and painted the boards. I found that a router fixed with a router guide and straight bit works well. Most router guides have a place for a pivot pin built in for cutting circles. You could also use a guide bushing and a round template. I also agree 1/2" plywood should be sturdy enough to last for years. Remember this should be fun and have the kids help it may take longer but its time well spent.

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    Default Re: Bean bag game boards

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    Since you're likely putting a frame around the plywood anyway, 1/2" will be more than sufficient.

    As for cutting the hole, you can rough it out with a jigsaw then clean up the hole with a router or drum sander or as Jack suggests, make a jig for the router and cut the hole.
    Haha, this game will be interesting with your advice

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