This Instructable will show you how to build your own Crokinole game board. Crokinole is a dexterity game which originated in Canada in the 1870's and has gained a large enough following that there has been a World Crokinole Championship in Tavistock, Ontario Canada every year since 1999.
The rules are fairly simple. You score points by flicking your discs toward the center hole on the board while simultaneously attempting to knock your opponents discs off the board. If your disc lands in the hole it's worth 20 points which you can't lose (that disc is removed from the board.) The inner ring is worth 15, middle 10, and outer ring 5. A disc touching a ring rounds downward. Zero value discs are removed from the board. A very important rule is that you MUST hit an opposing disc if there is one on the board. This leads to interesting game play involving bounce shots and attempts to clear multiple opposing discs.
To get a quick feel for the game watch this video of an expert demonstrating his skills. (Normally he would be alternating turns with an opponent who would be shootings discs back his way.)
Step 1: Materials
The materials for this project are pretty common and should be readily available.
- one 26" x 26" sheet of 1/2 inch finished grade plywood, for deck
- one 32" x 32" sheet of 1/2 inch plywood, can be a lesser grade for the bottom
- 106" of 3/4" x 1" wood for the rails
- 3/16" dowel rod, about 8" long (cut into 8 - 3/4 " pieces) for the pegs
- 1/4" vinyl tubing, about 4" long (cut into 8 - 1/2" pieces) for the pegs
- wood glue
- carnuba wax
Step 2: Cut the Base
Step 3: Make the Rails
Step 4: Making the Deck
Step 5: Draw the Lines on the Deck
You may wish to apply a first coat of polyurethane before drawing the lines in order to prevent the ink from bleeding into the plywood and making rough lines. After drawing all the lines, apply several coats of polyurethane. Allow each coat to dry completely and then sand each coat with ultra fine sand paper using a sanding block to smooth and level each layer.
Step 6: Peg Holes and the Center Hole
To drill the center hole you will need a 1 3/8" drill bit, ideally a Forstner bit. A Forstner bit will cut a very clean hole through plywood. The hole should only be drilled 1/4" deep so that you can easily get the discs out when score 20s. (As I was using 1/4" plywood I just drilled all the way through the deck.)
After drilling the holes you may now glue the deck to the base using wood glue.
Step 7: Wax and Play!
The last step before playing is to wax the board up to make it nice and slick. One highly recommend product is carnauba wax. I was able to find it at my local retail car parts store. It works great and really speeds the game up! I rewax after several games to keep the discs flying fast.
Obviously you will also need two sets of 12 crokinole discs to use your new board and I would recommend buying these mail order. You want them to be milled precisely the same which would be difficult to do in a home shop. I ordered mine from Workshop Supply Inc. of Canada but recently they have become available from Amazon as well.