HOW TO MAKE A GIANT OUTDOOR JENGA GAME AND TEACH YOUR KIDS DIY SKILLS!

3 Materials
$20
3 Hours
Easy
Today is our son's 12th birthday and I thought it was a good time to do a project I'd been planning for this summer. He is loving doing big projects more and more and I liked the idea of something we could knock out in an afternoon and have fun with.

Enter Giant-JENGA!

My goal was to figure out how to build a giant Jenga game that's fun, but also weather-proof and pretty enough to leave out, even if no one was playing.
Step 1: Rip the 2"x6" down the middle. This is the toughest step. A 2"x6" is actually only 5.5 inches wide. But don't set your blade at 2.75" to rip it! 

Step 2: Cut the blocks. Now you get to cut the individual blocks. 
We wanted to get 12 blocks out of each 8-foot length, so that meant setting our saw fence/guide at 7-7/8" (again to account for kerf). 
Step 3: Sand the rough edges and finish each block smoothly. Notice all the chunks, splinters and sharp edges in the top left-hand image? No one wants to play that JENGA. Take the time to sand/ease all the square corners of the blocks and they will look so much better. 

Done!

Less than 3 hours from start to finish, and that includes shopping time at the big box lumber store and a break during the sanding marathon. Also, cedar smell everywhere!

Suggested materials:

  • 2- 2"x6"x8' Cedar Boards
  • Table Saw or Circular Saw
  • 4" x 36" Belt 6" Disc Sander Belt/Disc

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