I do not recommend playing with alcoholic beverages, especially if you are under the legal age. In this version, there are 17 2oz glasses per side. Seventeen shots of hard alcohol in the time span of a game (roughly 35 minutes) will be deadly. If you choose to play with alcohol, I recommend playing the game slowly with low-alcohol-percentage beverage.
Step 1: Materials
In any case, I have provided layouts for 1.5”, 1.375”, and 1.25” diameter holes for the boats, so hopefully one of these sizes will work for your project.
The dimensioning of the whole project is based around 2” wide boats. This means the grid should be a 10x10 with 2” squares, for a total of 20” by 20”.
• 2: ½” Plywood (2’x2’ Project Panel)
• 1: ¾” Plywood (2’x2’ Project Panel)
• 2: 1x2 board 8’ (Alternatively 3: 1x2 board 6’)
• 1: 2x6 board stud or 8’
• Forsner Bit (sized for your project, see step 1)
• 1” screws
• Paint & Brushes
Optional / might make project easier & nicer
• Table Saw
• Miter Saw
• Band Saw
• Wood filler
• Kreg Pocket-hole Jig
o 1 ¼” pocket-hole screws
• Router with ½” Roundover bit
• Chalkboard Paint (Or dry erase board paint)
After rounding up or purchasing the materials on the list, cut each piece down to size.
½” Plywood: 22” by 22”
¾” Plywood: 22” by 24”
1x2 Boards: Four (4) 22” & (4) 20.5”
2x6 Board: Two (2) 5”, Four (4) 7”, Two (2) 9”, Two (2) 11”
Step 2: Handle Grip
The template provided below can be used to size the hand grip for somewhat large hands, but adjust your measurements as necessary.
Measure and mark to the middle of the 22” side of the plywood. Be sure to leave approximately ¾” to prevent the handle from breaking. When folded up, the boat boxes should leave approximately 2” of the center plywood sticking out.
Using a drill with the Forsner bit or a large regular drill bit; remove the material inside the finger section of the handle. Next, use a jigsaw to straighten up the lines. Running a router with ¼” or ½” roundover bit over the edges improves the feel of the handle.
Also, I have attached an alternative for using 3/4" plywood as the center divider for those with access to a greater variety of tools. Instead of plywood as the center, this process uses a 2x6 and 1x2s to frame in a hardboard piece. Just a little bonus!
Step 3: Paint!
I think it is easier to paint the rest of your lumber (minus the boats) at this point. It is easier to add the lines to the ½” plywood now rather than trying to draw a straight line inside the box. A clever idea is to paint the bottom of the boat boxes blue for water and the two opposing sides different colors.
Use a straight edge to create lines on the 22” by 22” plywood after the paint has dried. The grid was sized for 2” wide boats, so the final grid should be 20” by 20”. Assuming your boat box bottom is 22", laying out the lines at odd numbers (1, 3, 5, etc.) gives a 10x10 grid with room to spare on the outside.
The top row should be marked A through J and the left column should be marked 1 through 10. This makes it easy to locate B6 when it is called during a fast pace battle!
Step 4: Boat Box Building
Check that the frame is square by measuring diagonals. The two diagonal lengths should be the same length if your frame is square. Dry fit the piece over the 22” by 22” plywood to ensure the pieces are the same size.
Glue the bottom side of the frame and clamp it to the 22” by 22” plywood. Nail brads around the edge of the plywood. Alternatively, pre-drill holes in the plywood and attach with 1” screws.
Then rinse and repeat. Build the second boat box just as you built the first one. As you see in the pictures, the painting and building (steps 3 & 4) can be completed in any order. I did a little building, a little painting, and then a little more building.
Step 5: Attaching It All Together
Step 6: Boat Building
Start by drilling a pilot hole in the center of the template on your 2x6. It shouldn’t be very deep, but it is helpful for helping start the Forsner bit. Use a drill press or hand drill with the Forsner bit to drill half the depth of the board. The 2x6 is actually 1.5” thick, so drill ¾” deep with the Forsner bit. On the same note, the 2x6 is 5.5” wide, so two boats can be cut out side by side.
Using a bandsaw or jigsaw, cut out the boats from your board. To guide the cut, I recommend one of three options:
• Go over the template in pen with heavy pressure to create an indent in the wood. Then go over the indent with pencil to make lines visible while cutting.
• Use carbon paper underneath the template to transfer the lines to the work piece.
• Tape the template to the piece and cut the on the lines.
At this time, go ahead and paint your boats or finish them however you choose.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Step 8: Working the Wood
I have been lurking on the Talk Shopbot forum for a while and making lists of all the projects I want to build. My first five projects once I get out of the “rookie mistakes but it’s okay because I’m learning” phase are: Family Crest, “My Shop” sign that looks like a wrench, Relief map of California from a digital elevation model, diploma frame with interesting joinery, and a heart-shaped box for my mother.
Here are some pictures of my previous projects!