Step 1: Supplies
- 4 - 2' x 2' panels of plywood (I used MDF)
- 2" x 1" boards for boats (34" of boats total, I recommend at least a 48" piece to allow for cutting).
- 3 piano hinges, 12" long
- dowel pegs (I used 1/4" pegs, 3 packs of 72)
- shot glasses (plastic or glass, 34 total)
- Router with 1/16" bit
- Sanding equipment
- Drill with bits to fit dowel pegs (1/4") and to make cradles for shot glasses (1.5" bit on drill or drill press. See image of bit I used).
- Stain for panels and/or boats
- Hooks and eyes to hold panels together for storage
- Storage tubs for pegs and shot glasses (I found fishing tackle gear that did the trick).
Step 2: Mark Panels for Routing
The grid is marked out with a pencil, and I marked the grid diagonally as well- the crosses in each square will give you the drill point for your peg holes.
Step 3: Router. and Then Router Some More. Then Drill.
When you're finished with the router, use your drill to drill holes in the middle of each square. Be sure not to drill all the way through- go perhaps 1/2". Drill stops are your friend, or put some painters tape on your drill bit to correspond to the desired depth.
As you finish this process, if you'd like to apply a stain or finish, now is the time to do so. Let the panels dry as you start on your boats.
Step 4: Boats!
- 2 carriers (5 spaces each, or 10" each)
- 2 battleships (4 spaces each, or 8" each)
- 4 subs/destroyers (3 spaces each, or 6" each)
- 2 patrol boats (2 spaces each, or 4" each)
Again, each space is 2" wide, so boats should also be 2" wide. I found that 1" thickness is adequate for these boats.
Cut your boats to necessary length, and drill holes for the shot glasses. I used a 1.5" bit. I recommend sketching out where the holes are going before drilling. Make a line every 2" in the length of the boat, then make diagonal marks from the corners of each line. This will give you equidistant spots to drill down the middle of the boats.
When you're finished drilling, sand and feel free to add a little flavor to the shape of the boats. I sanded down the edges of the front is each boat.
Optional- stain and/or finish boats with polyurethane.
Step 5: Dowel Pegs
Paint dowel pegs. I painted 72 pegs red and 146 white, to be split evenly between players (1 box of 72 red, two boxes white).
I used 1/4" pegs to correspond to the 1/4" holes I put in the grids.
Step 6: Assembly
Use hinges to attach panels end-on-end. Be mindful of the orientation of the grids if you've chosen to offset grids to allow for lettering as I've done.
Optional- install hooks and eyes or similar in the side of the panels to lock the game into a collapsed position for storage. I also installed extra hooks to allow for locking the game into place when set up for play. (NOTE: if you're using any sort of plywood, be sure to drill pilot holes to minimize splitting of your plywood).
Step 7: Accessorize!
Step 8: Game On!
Feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions on how to improve the design. Enjoy!