How to Build a DIY Giant Jenga Yard Game in Just TWO Hours and Only TWENTY Dollars

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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!

DIY Giant Jenga-3 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:

Materials:
6 2×4’s (8 feet long)
Sandpaper (180 grit)

Tools:
Mitre Saw
Adjustable roller stand
Clamps
Spindle, orbital, or belt sander

Safety Supplies:
Glasses
Ear protection

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!

DIY Giant Jenga for less than $20 and only 2 hours.

DIY Giant Jenga for less than $20 and only 2 hours.

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.

DIY Giant Jenga for less than $20 and only 2 hours.

Step 3: Have fun!

DIY Giant Jenga for less than $20 and only 2 hours.

(Inspired by DIY Pete)

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Comments

  1. Wow, this is a GREAT idea! Since I have the tools around we can definitely get the project done asap. What a great party or group game. Thanks for the idea!

  2. My wife and I made this game and its soooo awesome! We stained it after with a light wood tone coat. Our friends love it. Whenever we have a bbq or game night we all play drinking games. My wife also found a more green cork version of the blocks from a site called Tumbling towers. We love the wooden blocks we made, but the cork version is lighter to put away. Such a great idea thank you!! wish i could post some pics of all us playing 🙂

    • That’s so great, Ricky! Thank you for letting us know. 🙂 If you want to share some photos, you can post them to the Seeded at the Table Facebook page! Would love to see them!

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