Picture of Marbles & Wood Tic-Tac-Toe Set
This is a fun and easy project that can be finished in a day. It's pretty simple, requiring minimal tools and minimal experience with woodworking. Made from a solid block of wood with holes drilled out to store the marble play pieces when not in use. It's the perfect little game to set out on your coffee table for guest to play with or admire. I hope you enjoy making your own Tic-Tac-Toe game set as much as I did.
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Step 1: Materials & Tools

Picture of Materials & Tools
You will need for this project:

  • A block of wood 3" X 3" X 1" ( can be thicker if you'd like)
  • Sliver of wood 3" X 1" X 1/8" for the door
  • 8 Marbles
  • A small screw
  • Black paint and thin paint brush (if you use one color of marble you can paint X's and O's on them)
  • Finish of your choice (stain, polyurethane, etc.)
  • Drill
  • 3/4" paddle bit
  • 3/8" drill bit (optional)
  • Dremel tool with engraving bit #191
  • small drill bit to match the size of your screw
  • A Clamp
  • Sand paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Step 2: Making the Rotating Door

Picture of Making the Rotating Door
Lining It Up
The first step is to attach the door to the front of your block. Take the sliver of wood and line it up with the edge of your block. Make sure to clamp it down so it can't move while you drill the hole. Find the center of the door (should be at the 1 1/2" mark) and mark it. Now drill through the door and into the block with a bit that's appropriate to the size of the screw you have.

Test The Fit
Using a screwdriver put the screw through the door and into the block. Test for a good fit and make sure the door can rotate easily but not too loose that it just spins on it's own. It needs to be tight enough to hold itself in place and the marbles inside. Leave the door attached so you can measure for the marble compartments.
Mike Currin3 months ago

here's my version. Made from recycled pallet wood. With your color choice of playing pieces.

BigMrTree (author)  Mike Currin3 months ago

That's Cool!! I like the drawer!! You should do an instructable on your version!!

Very Nice I have several Grand children who will receive a set this year. I haven't made it yet but it is saved to my wood working file.

BigMrTree (author)  fasteddy9991 year ago

Thanks, I'm sure they'll enjoy it!!