Davon Maddox has been working for The Foundery for two and a half months, making cornhole boards for corporate and individual clients. He has made about 70 so far.
To make a cornhole board, Davon first cuts the pieces using a miter saw. Then he makes the pocket holes and drills the pieces together. He uses wood-fill to clean up any cracks or crevices, then lets it dry for 24 hours. He sands the boards, uses a silk screen to paint a design, and then adds a gloss to finish it off!
Davon’s path to The Foundery started when he got an internship at the University of Maryland. While in his role doing maintenance there, he was selected for another internship with the Station North Tool Library. For this job he worked with The Surface Project, an apprenticeship program that works with individuals with high barriers to employment and shows them the skills to take locally sourced reclaimed materials and create value-added products, like table surfaces. Apprentices learn the business from start to finish, while sales of these products go towards creating full-time jobs for graduates who successfully complete the program. It was through this program that Davon was connected to his current job at The Foundery.
In his spare time, Davon is designing and making a wood and metal table for his 11-month old daughter, Paisley. He is laser engraving the image of his daughter’s footprint to the outside as a border. After he completes this table he’s hoping to make similar tables for others using the same techniques!
Come in to The Foundery to say hi to Davon sometime soon! Maybe he’ll even give you some tips on making cornhole boards.