Introduction: Nok Hockey
Here are some pictures that illustrate how to make a deck hockey game similar to the Nok Hockey games of my youth. Kids love it and it's a really nice alternate to video games. And there is something really satisfying about making your kids or grandkids a Christmas present with your own two hands.
You can customize it by putting NHL stickers on the boards. The puck was made from solid pine using a circle saw drill bit. The sticks were cut from the same material using a jigsaw. The bottom is masonite with dimensions of 24 inches by 36 inches.. I used the thick Masonite so that it did not warp. The rest is just 3/4 inch pine. It was painted with acrylic paint. I used High Gloss so that there would be less friction.
I also polished the table and the puck with Carnauba wax to lower the friction. You only need to reapply this once or twice a year. It really makes a difference!
Note in the pictures that the two end pieces are put back to back in order to mark them for cutting. First, I marked circles 3/4 inch diameter wider than two pucks. Then I connected them with lines and then used a jigsaw to cut the goal out. This allows 3/8 inch for the puck to slip into the goal.
Also note in the first picture that I put triangular wood posts at the corner. This really helped the puck move off the angle. If you practiced, you could do a bank shot off the angle, off the red "goalie" and in the net.
Total cost for new materials: $4.99 for masonite board. Everything else was from wood scraps. Total cost of Nok Hockey at Dick's 69.99