DIY GIANT JENGA!

hey kevin here from diy.com today I have a really cool project for you I'm going to show you how to make a giant Jenga set so you can challenge your friends and family outside and don't worry it's really simple and it's really awesome so check this out all right now I want to make this project as simple as possible so that even the news the newbies can make this is a really simple woodworking project here so I use two by fours these are just your standard two by fours you can find it pretty much any hardware store couple things is that they're really inexpensive I got eight footers here they were only about 270 P so you can find them anywhere from about 250 to $3 apiece for eight footers so they're really inexpensive the other things are made of pine it's a really soft wood so it's really easy to cut it's easy to sand no big deal at all alright now one of the main things you need to know is the dimensions of the board like I said if you're a total newbie or something you need to know about two by fours and that is they don't actually measure 2 inches by 4 inches they're actually 1 a half by three and a half and this three and a half dimension is really important an official set of Jenga pieces is made of 54 pieces and you know of course you lay them three by three and then three by three this way so we need to know this dimension so we know how long to cut them all right now like I said it's three and a half inches when you put three of those together you got three and a half seven inches ten and a half inches so our pieces will need to be cut at ten and a half inches that's what I have here in the sample piece I've already cut it at ten and a half inches so this is how big they'll be and we can smooth them out with some sandpaper and finish them and all that later but first we have to chop them down now like I said I'm using 8-foot pieces and that's because the math works out pretty nicely when you take your ten and a half piece and you start chopping up an 8-footer you'll get nine usable pieces out of it you have a little bit left over alright now like I said the Ginga set has 54 pieces and 54 divided by 9 six so you would need at least six two by fours that are eight foot long now if you've counted here I actually have seven and that's because some of these have some knots or they have really bad edges on them that don't want to use so I can cut that part off and then chop up my seventh piece and get good pieces out of it okay now that would give us fifty four pieces you could go a little higher anywhere from about fifty four pieces 57 60 63 even up to about seventy to seventy-five should be good and when they're all stacked neatly together you know only be three four four and a half feet all but when you start playing it'll get pretty tall so you don't want to make too many pieces or the same wind up being you know 9 feet tall when you start playing it would be too much so we're going to chop these up and I think I'm gonna go about in the middle i'ma go somewhere around 60 to 63 pieces so all's we got to do is take them outside and chop them up and I'll show you how to do that next now when you go out to buy your two-by-fours make sure you can get the best ones you can you wanna get one to have a fairly clear grain and not too many huge knots these little ones are cases no big deal if you don't want like big chunks missing you want to make sure they're not Bo to mush enter fairly straight the other thing is you want to try to get them with pretty decent edges now this one right here looks really nice but then when I flip it over this edge right here this this corner is totally missing so if I can get a good profile up you can see there's a big chunk missing so this is part of the board I won't be using that's a big reason why I bought an extra board they could even buy an extra board or two just in case all your boards like this see that one's pretty good just that little section err it's not very good but I'll be able to use all this with this board here it might interfere a little bit with one of my 9 pieces so I might only get about eight pieces out of this board so you just want to make sure you get the best you can now when you measure them out to cut them just couple simple things you can do first thing is of course you can sit there and measure 10 1/2 inches make it a little you know tick marks at 10 1/2 inches take a straight edge of some sort like this right here draw your line take it out and cut it then what I was you after that is take the piece you cut just line it up to the edge take your pencil make a mark and cut the next one now if you know how to set up a little jig for your saw you could even set something up then it's ten and a half inches away from the blade so that when you slide your board up against it it'll stop you can just chop pull that one out slide your board in again when it hits you can chop but mine's not really set up very good for that so I'm probably going to use the method that first mentioned where you just line up the very first one you cut mark a line chop it lay that on there again mark it and chop it simple enough so that's what we'll do right I just finished chopping everything up I got my leftovers there and my boards were pretty good and I was able to get as much as I could out of my seven boards and I got sixty pieces here so that's six more than the official Jenga game it's about thirty and a half inches tall so that's a really nice height and now they're a little rough you can see here some have to smooth them out with the sander so that they're nice and smooth and they'll slide out a place real easily and they won't you know have any splinters anything like that so we'll do that next all right now it's time to see and like I showed you they're pretty rough this one has like a pretty rough edge here so I'll make sure to smooth all that out I'm around over the corners so everything will just slide in real easy and it won't catch on anything like this one out here has this really crazy texture I meant to smooth all a tap so what I'm doing is I'm starting my orbital sander with sixty grit so this is really going to tear through this finish and smooth it out and then once I go through Marv with 60 grit I'll take this pad off and I will use a 120 for a final smooth down and then we can move on to finishing them so that's what we do decks start a sanding all right so here's all sixty pieces they're nice and smooth got nice little rounded edges to them kind of a silky texture because of the way I ended up sending them and what happened was halfway through I ran out of 60 grit pads for my orbital sander so I ended up using 80 and I found that that was about the sweet spot so I didn't have to do I ever sing one in 60 and then do every single one again in 120 like I was originally planning to do I just ended up finishing them all in 80 so the ones I hadn't tainted yet I just totally did an 80 and then the ones that I had previous done in 60 they still had kind of a rough texture to them so I went over them with 80 and they all smooth that really nicely so there's kind of a little bonus for you you probably don't have to stand them twice that 80 seems to be the sweet spot so now that they are all nice and smooth it's time to finish them so you can decide if you want to keep them as is if you want to add a clear coat if you want to stain them if you want to paint them or if you want to do like I'm going to do I'm going to color wash them and then clear them so that's what I'm doing next alright so for my color wash it's pretty simple I'm actually a video that shows you how I made it's really really simple to water-based anyway I'm just washing the board's like this and what's really cool about this color wash or this color stain is that you still see the wood grain to it so it's like almost painted almost stained it's somewhere kind of in between but it's a really cool look and just do the whole thing the in soak up a lot so you and make sure get them really well the in green will really really soak this up so I'm gonna make sure there's no you know white spots showing or anything like that make sure it's totally covered and of course you don't have to do this like I said you could use regular stain I have a video that shows how to make homemade stain if you don't try that out you goo leave them alone you could just clear coat them to do whatever you want you can spray paint them you should make sure when they're done that they're nice and slick so I'll finish these up and then I'll show you how I'm putting the final finished coat on them next alright then once all the pieces are dry and all my yellow ones here are totally dry while I'm waiting on the orange ones I'll show you how I'm going to finish them out now you could try to use polyurethane or black or something like that but what I found works really well is this paste finishing wax and the reason is that it's kind of a flexible finish I guess you could say because it will keep the pieces fairly waterproof because I'd you know they're going to be used outside you probably don't want them like soaking in water but they'll be good enough to repel a little bit of water but this will soak into the grain so that these you know these blocks are built to tumble so if you put on poly or especially something like lacquer after a while you're going to see them get scratches and like the clear coat will chip off and all that kind stuff well this soaks in and it kind of lets the you know the wood breathe so I think it works really well the other cool thing is that since it's a wax it kind of fills in the pores of the wood and like a little bit of rough surface that like my 80 grit left and it smooths it apps out there nice and slick and you put it on you let it wait you know 20 30 minutes and then you just kind of buff them out and they get really really nice and slick so it's kind of a way like I showed you earlier the 80 grit seem to be a sweet spot well this seems to be the sweet spot of finishes because it kind of fills it in and helps smooth it out protects it but it's still kind of flexible so now once I get all these coated and again I should also mention the in is going to take a lot more than just the edges so you make sure you get them totally covered anyway once these are all dry I would put together and show you what this looks like all finished alright so check it out there it is all finish the color of the color stain there makes me want to say tricks are for kids and I just really like how the wood grain pops to is it's a really cool effect and of course if you don't want your so bright and bold and looking like a big old box that Fruity Pebbles or whatever you could just stain it and I even have another video besides the color stain video I have another one that shows you how to make homemade wood stain using supplies you probably already have in your kitchen you can get different tones of brown so I'll link to that as well and if you don't want to stain you could leave it alone or you can even paint I can imagine like a white to black with a bunch of grays in between or maybe you know school colors or different tones of blue or different you know shades of red or whatever you can have a really cool-looking said just depending on what you wanted to do now one thing I want to mention is that I did chop up seven two by fours or eight-foot long to make all sixty pieces it's about 30 inches tall and once you start playing you know it's going to build up a couple of feet so it's gonna be a lot of weight that could topple over so you probably don't want to play on nice wood floors or tile floors or you know any surface that you that might get messed up when they fall over so I'd recommend you know carpet or rug or even better yet probably outside in the grass this is perfect for something like that and also because of the amount of weight you probably don't want any really small kids playing around it and knock it over because you know it's like seven two by fours falling on their head so you don't want that either okay another thing is that I did buy all my two by fours brand-new from the store is about 20 bucks but if you didn't want to spend any cash this is the perfect project to use up old two-by-fours laying around or you can even look on the free section of Craigslist and sometimes people are doing remodels and they knock down walls and they're trying to get rid of old you know two by fours so this would be the perfect thing to recycle wood like that alright now one more thing is that it is 30 inches tall but when you're playing these low pieces you have to really crouch down so in the next video what I'm going to do is build a play surface for it so to be you know a game table that will raise it up a little bit and that you know so you don't have to reach down too low but then when you flip it upside down it becomes a carrying case and a storage container so you put all the pieces in there nice and neat and storm away and that should be a really really cool project so I'll link to that as well so anyway there you go really cool project make it any color you want very simple to see animal Aksum they slide easy and anyone could make this and like I said if you can find leftover two by fours you could build it for free so anyway there you go turned out really awesome

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