Introduction: Shut the Box Game TA
Today I will be showing you how to create a fun, mathematical game that can be played by the whole family.
Step 1: Go Shopping
1/2x48 pinewood with rabbit joint
15/16x 2 1/2 pinewood
9 1/2 by 9 1/2 Luan board
Decorative Foam letters
Gorilla wood glue and elmers glue
1/8 dial rod
1/8x9 1/2 steel rod
Patterns if necessary
Needle nose pliers
Drill press with 1/8 drill bit
Step 2: Cut the Sides
Use Pinewood with a rabbit joint
Cut 4 pieces of 10.5x1.5 pinewood with a backsaw on a miter box.l
Step 3: Reverse the Angles
After each cut reverse the the angle of the wood
**When done, they should look like this
Step 4: Drill Holes
Use a drill press to drill a hole 1/8 from the top and 1 3/4 from the end of two frames pieces so the metal rod can be inserted and placed in the correct spot.
Step 5: Sand Away
Sand all 4 sides of each of the frame pieces shown in the picture
**Be sure not to sand the angles so when they are nailed together, the corners are nice and tight fitted**
Step 6: Putting the Frame Together
Use 1 inch nails to nail the 4 frame pieces together after applying a little wood glue to the angles
**be sure to place the frame pieces with the drilled holes on the left and right side of the box and wipe off any excess glue**
It should look like this!
Step 7: Cutting the Counters
Trace and cut 10 pinewood counters measuring 7/8x2.5 with a backsaw in a miter box
Step 8: Drill the Counters
Drill a 1/8 hole, 1/2 from the end in the previous cut counters with a drill press.
Step 9: Sand the Counters
Sand all sides of the previous cut and drilled counters.
This is what it should all look like!
Step 10: Cut the Divider
Cut a 9x1/2 pinewood divider with a backsaw in a miter box clamped down.
Step 11: Sand the Divider
Sand the previous cut divider on all sides except the ends.
Step 12: Stain
Stain all the pieces of the project.
Step 13: Cutting the Bottom Board
To make the bottom of the box, cut a 9 1/2x9 1/2 backer board cut out and glue it in the the bottom of the frame.
Step 14: Nail It Together
Nail in the bottom board using the nail gun in all 4 corners.
Step 15: Trace It
Trace a 9 1/8x9 1/8 cardboard square with an exacto knife to fit the inside of the box.
Step 16: Cut Out the Fabric
Cut out a piece of 10x10 fabric of your choice to add a little of design on the cardboard inside the box.
Step 17: Attach the Fabric
Take elmers glue and glue the fabric to the cardboard square.
Step 18: Cut the Metal Rod
Take needle nose pliers and cut a 1/8 steel rod down to 9 1/2".
Step 19: Add the Numbers
To number the counters, take and apply sticky sided foam numbers 1-9.
Step 20: Put It Together
Take the metal rod and insert it into the proper hole on the side of the box and add two washers on to the rod, then the first counter, then washer and so on and when you are done adding the ninth counter then add another two washers.
Step 21: Secure the Metal Rod
Add glue and insert a 1/8 dial rod into the 1/8 pilot hole to prevent and secure the metal rod from slipping back out, after drying snip off the excess rod.
Step 22: Insert the Divider
Insert and glue the divider evenly so the counters easily fall right on it.
Step 23: Add the Bottom Felt Corner Pieces
Last but not least glue on 2 1/2 felt triangles to the corners of the bottom of the box.