One of the most appealing things about the game, besides its inherent white-trash overtones, is that it is a popular form of folk art. Most of the boards that you see people using are hand-made and hand-decorated with regional sports themes. I'll eventually post the designs I have for my sets but my computer is having issues right now. One of them will be decorated in orange and blue for Syracuse University. This will be my nephew's. The Tiny Bungalow set will have Sox/Cubs theme.
The carpentry is pretty easy and after the Adirondack chairs, it is a walk in the park. Nice square pieces, lap joints, flat wood - if only all projects could be like this. I've been getting pointers from a few friends on the design of these. My friend Steve insisted that I not make the regulation sized boards of 2' x 4' but make the typical Chicago tailgating size with a 3' length. This is what I'm going with. The "leg" design is pretty critical as well. I am opting for a single flat board leg and I'll post about that ponce I get making it.
The most complicated part of the project is cutting the 6" hole for the bags. My friend Mark was generous to loan me his hole saw. He's actually from Ohio and has made several sets of these and this tool was key.
The sides of the boards are made with clear pine and the tops are plywood. I screwed everything together with counter-sunk stainless steel screws.
I will eventually fill all of the holes, sand the assembly down, and prime and paint. I am guessing I'll finish this in another week or so.