Introduction: Cardboard Nok Hockey!

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Welcome to How to Make Cardboard Nok Hockey!

In this instructable I will take you step by step on how to create the world famous Nok Hockey Game out of cardboard in around 2 hours.

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  • Metal Level (Straight Edge for Cutting)
  • Scissors
  • Utility Knife
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pencil
  • Ruler/Try-Square
  • Self Healing Cutting Mat
  • Red & Blue Duct Tape (For Lines)
  • Corrugated Cardboard

Step 1: Get and Cut a Cardboard Box

Find a box or multiple boxes that add up to at least 10 sqft. Use your utility knife and cut the box open. Find where the box is glued together in the corner and carefully separate it. Open the box and lay it flat.

Step 2: Tape Sides Together

The game board should measure 2'x3'. I did not have a big enough box so I used two and taped the two sides together making an even 2'x3' base. I used the red duct tape to connect it on the bottom side, not the top. The red line will be the tape on the top side which we will do next. Make sure you clean up your edges where the two sides connect.

First cut the tape to length, then add it halfway on to the bottom of one side. Then flip the side over and line up the other side. Press and smooth down to connect the sides together.

Step 3: Cut and Tape Your Red Line

First lay a piece of duct tape down long enough to reach past the edges of the base. Then use your utility knife to cut a piece 1/2" wide.

Carefully lay the 1/2" piece of duct tape down so it lays halfway on both sides of the base. Smooth the excess over on to the bottom of the base.

Step 4: Cut and Glue the Side Boards

Each side will require 2 pieces to be glued together.

You will have a total of 4 long sides and 4 short sides.

Cut 4 long sides at 2'-11 1/2"L x 2"H ( leaving 1/2" room for the short sides) and glue 2 pieces together. Repeat.

Cut 4 short sides at 2'-1/2"L x 2"H (leaving 1/2" overhang for extra support) and glue 2 pieces together. Repeat.

Step 5: Draw and Cut Goal Slot

Your goal slot will be 4"W x 1"H.

Use your ruler to find your center of the short side and mark (should be 1'-1/4"). Make a mark at 2" on each side of the center mark, thus making a 4" goal slot.

Measure up 1" and connect the dots with a try-square to make your rectangular goal slot.

Use your utility knife to cut out the goal slot.

Step 6: Glue Down Your Side Boards

Glue down your long sides first. I glued a couple inches at a time making it easier to handle and make sure it does not shift when drying.

Glue down the short sides next. Make sure you put glue where the sides butt together and add extra hot glue to the overhang for added support. Be carefully not to get glue where the goal slot is.

Step 7: Cut and Glue Your Goal Blocks

Each goal block is a 2x2" square. You will need 4 2x2" squares for each goal block. Measure with your ruler and then your try-square to make sure they a squared. Glue the 4 squares together.

Measure and mark 3" from short side wall and 1' from the long side wall. Where the marks meet is X marks the spot! Glue the goal blocks down making sure they do not shift.

Step 8: Cut and Glue Your Corner Supports

This is probably the most intricate part of the build. To create the beveled edge I cut each layer just an 1/4" shorter than the last. When you glue them together it will create a beveled edge that fits into each corner nicely. The measurements are as follows:

  • (4) 2" Pieces
  • (4) 1 3/4" Pieces
  • (4) 1 1/2" Pieces

Glue the corner pieces in making sure it is even on both sides (should be 1 1/4").

Step 9: Pucks and Sticks!

For the puck you can use a compass, circle template or just find something laying around that is 2" in diameter. I found a cap and used that to trace my pucks. You will need 3 pieces per puck. Trace and cut the puck out with your utility knife. Glue the 3 pieces together making sure they do not shift.

For the sticks I just drew it from my mind how I remember them. You can always use a picture or template online. You will need 3 pieces per stick. Draw one, cut with your utility knife and then trace that same stick 5 more times. Glue your 3 pieces together to create your stick!

This step is tedious and not necessary but it helps with support structure and sliding on the cardboard while playing. Cut multiple strips of 1 ply (not corrugated) cardboard about a 1/4" wide and glue along the edges of the pucks and sticks like a veneer. This is a great idea for the goal blocks too.

Step 10: Blue Lines and Finished Board!

Just like the red line, cut a strip of blue duct tape a little longer than 2' at a 1/2" wide. Place the blue line right above the goal block. Make sure blue line is the same distance from the short side wall as you lay it down. Use your utility knife to cut the excess.

Now go play and have fun with this awesome classic game!

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