Here is a one day project for your fall festivities. A Jack-O-Lantern bean bag toss game. I started with a scrap piece of 3/4″ plywood. It was somewhere around 32″ tall by 26″ wide. I spent a few minutes sketching out a pumpkin with a big mouth, a nose and eyes that were big enough for a bean bag.
The next step was to trace all the lines with a router bit. I used a 1/4″ core box bit to get a round bottom to the groove, but you could use a straight or vee bit as well.
To cut out the openings for the mouth, I drilled a hole at each corner, then used a jig saw to cut out the openings.
I sanded down the rough edges and flipped it over. I used a 1/4″ round-over bit in the router to take off the sharp back edge.
With the edges rounded, I used a rasp to clean up the corners.
The outside of the pumpkin was cut off on the band saw.
I cleaned up the outside with a rasp and some sandpaper, then moved on to the stand.
I had a couple of legs from an old baby swing that have been sitting on the floor in my shop for about 15 years now. They looked like they would be useful, so I kept them until I had a need for them. Two of them are being used as legs for the drop-down outfeed table on my work bench. The other two will now become the support legs for the pumpkin. I put them in a vice and cut them down to about a foot long. You could use 3/4″ dowels for this, but I had the legs, I didn’t have any dowels…
I grabbed a piece of 6/4 oak and cut it to size for mounting at the back on the bottom. Then I cleaned up the legs so there were no sharp metal burrs left to cut anyone.
After I located where I wanted the legs, I drilled two 3/4″ holes in the back.
I drilled two more holes in the top of the block for mounting the legs in a vertical position for storing flat somewhere. Then I cut a slight taper on the block so it would cause the pumpkin to lean back on the new legs.
After a dry-fit to test the angle, I glued and nailed the block in place.
With the legs installed, I started painting the grooves of the pumpkin. You may notice that I cut grooves around the outside and the openings, this was so I could paint them and have outlines around the pumpkin and the openings as well.
While the paint dried, My wife and I cut out an old kid’s tee-shirt and sewed it up into pouches to catch the bean bags.
When the black paint dried, I sanded down the over-painted areas with the orbital finish sander.
I painted the stem and leaf green, and everything else orange. I used a black permanent marker to touch up any black when the orange dried.
When all the colors were dry, I gave the whole thing a coat of polyurethane for added protection.
I cut a few thin strips of left-over walnut to roll into the edges of the cloth. Then I stapled the pouches, through the strips of wood, to the plywood back of the pumpkin.
All said and done the project only took one day. I will leave it up to someone else to make the bean bags…