Introduction: Build a Nok Hockey Table
This was one of my favorites when I was a kid. However, after moving to the midwest from the northeast, no one here seemed to ever hear of Nok Hockey.
If you know what this is, welcome back to your childhood.
If you never seen this before, here's your chance.
This is a pretty easy build, and inexpensive too.
1x3x8 Pine - 2 pieces
Nails or Screws or Glue
Small piece of hardwood (for pucks and sticks) 1/2" thick
Step 1: Cut the Base
Cut your hardboard to 2 feet by 4 feet.
You can use a table saw or circular saw. Regardless of tool, cut it as square as possible.
Whew, that was hard.
Step 2: Cut the Sides
The sides (longways) are 1x3 pineboards. We need two of them. Cut them about 46.5"
Again, use the cutting tool of your choice.
Step 3: Cut the Ends
The short ends of the Nok Hockey table are also cut out of 1x3 pine.
We need two of these, 24" long.
In addition, you need to cut an arch for the goal.
Find the center of the board, and draw an arch that is approximately 4 inches wide. Cut this out with your jigsaw. You can take the cut out and then use it as a template for the other end.
Step 4: Corners and Goalies
You will need to cut our four corner pieces and two goalies.
The corner pieces allow you to ricochet smoothly around the corners. And the goalies provide defense from straight on shots.
The corners are approximately 2.5" on the legs of the triangle. The goalies are approximately 2.5" square.
Use some scrap from you 1x3 to cut these pieces.
Step 5: Assembly
(1) Start by attaching the end pieces to the base. Fasten them with your favorite method.
Make sure your hardboard is SMOOTH SIDE UP. Or else you will not have any fun playing nok hockey.
You can glue them down with a strong adhesive like Gorilla Glue, but you'll have to clamp it.
Or you can use a bead of wood glue and then screw or nail from the bottom.
(2) Attach the sides the same way.
(3) Fasten the end piece into the side piece.
Step 6: Assembly Completion
Step 4 - Attach corner pieces. Again, these can be fastened with glue, screws, or nails.
Step 5 - Attach goalie pieces. Measure approximately 6" from each goal opening, and attach the goalies to the board. Fasten with your favorite method.
Step 7: Stick and Puck
Get a small piece of hardwood for your sticks and pucks.
I used poplar. I think it was a 4"x24" from the Home Depot.
Sketch a good hockey stick shape, approximately 12" long, with a 3 to 4 inch 'blade'
Cut out with your jig saw. Use the one you cut out as a pattern for your second stick.
For the puck, I used a 2.5" hole saw bit on my drill. It left the pilot hole in the middle, but it doesn't affect performance.
Decorate your 'rink' as you see fit, and have some fun!