One of the best things about summer is playing a casual game on a field or the beach. In our office, one of our favorite games is called Kubb (rhymes with "tube") that is originally from Sweden. If you have access to some woodworking tools it's pretty easy to make and a lot of fun to play.
What's so fun about the game may not be obvious at first, but after a single game many people get hooked. Trust me, it's worth the bit of effort it takes to make a set.
Kubb wiki page
Rules of play
Step 1: Get Some Wood!
- 6' of 4x4
- 6' of 1.5"-2" dowel
- 4' of .75" dowel
- 30' of string
If this is your first set you might want to pick up an 8' piece of 4x4 to try making a couple different kings.
Step 2: Make Your King
The amount of decoration is up to you. All I used for these two kings was a table saw. Two 45-degree cuts were used to notch the sides and a series of cuts decorated the top. A router would work brilliantly here as well.
Or don't cut it at all and draw a smiley face on it. It's up to you.
Step 3: Trim the Rest of the Wood
The size of the kubb is 7cm x 7cm x 15cm or 2.75" x 2.75" x 5.9" so trim off .75" off of two sides of the 4x4.
Step 4: Chop Off the Kubbs
Step 5: Chop Up the Dowels
So chop off 12" lengths of both size dowel.
Step 6: Knot Up String and Wrap Around a Stake
Below you can see one of the stakes wrapped with a knotted piece of nylon rope.