Surprise! Ben is guest posting today! He is sharing with us how to make a Giant Jenga game that you can play in your yard or on your patio. Ben, take it away!
Hey guys! I built this Giant Jenga game within only two hours. You can do it in less time if you decide you don’t want to sand it. But, I encourage you to not skip the sanding part because this is what makes the pieces slide easily and you avoid splinters. These large Jenga sets retail for upwards of $100. You can make it for $20.
Here is the step-by-step with photos:
6 2×4’s (8 feet long)
Sandpaper (180 grit)
Adjustable roller stand
Spindle, orbital, or belt sander
Step 1: Cut the 2×4’s
After purchasing the 2×4’s from Home Depot (around $18), I setup my Makita mitre saw on a portable table in my garage. Cutting an 8-foot long 2×4 it’s a bit tricky to maintain the board level with the saw, so I suggest using an adjustable roller stand. Once the 2×4 is stable on the mitre saw, setup a stop for making repeatable cuts. This will allow you to cut the exact same size without the hassle of measuring every cut. I used a scrap board and two clamps to create my stop. Once the stop is in place, cut 54 piece at 10 1/2”. This step will take only a matter of minutes with the help of the stop!
Step 2: Sand, sand, sand
Now that we’ve cut 54 blocks, we need to sand each of them. I could have used an orbital belt sander, but I decided to use my Jet spindle sander. I don’t have a belt sander, and an orbital sander will take much longer. To prevent splinters, I was careful to sand each side of the block. It took me about 45-60 seconds per block, and with 54 blocks, the sanding process took about an hour.
Step 3: Have fun!
(Inspired by DIY Pete)