Build a Nok Hockey Table

Introduction: Build a Nok Hockey Table

This was one of my favorites when I was a kid. However, after moving to the midwest from the northeast, no one here seemed to ever hear of Nok Hockey.

If you know what this is, welcome back to your childhood.

If you never seen this before, here's your chance.

This is a pretty easy build, and inexpensive too.

Build List

1x3x8 Pine - 2 pieces
2'x4' Hardboard
Nails or Screws or Glue
Small piece of hardwood (for pucks and sticks) 1/2" thick

Step 1: Cut the Base

Cut your hardboard to 2 feet by 4 feet.

You can use a table saw or circular saw. Regardless of tool, cut it as square as possible.

Whew, that was hard.

Step 2: Cut the Sides

The sides (longways) are 1x3 pineboards. We need two of them. Cut them about 46.5"

Again, use the cutting tool of your choice.

Step 3: Cut the Ends

The short ends of the Nok Hockey table are also cut out of 1x3 pine.

We need two of these, 24" long.

In addition, you need to cut an arch for the goal.

Find the center of the board, and draw an arch that is approximately 4 inches wide. Cut this out with your jigsaw. You can take the cut out and then use it as a template for the other end.

Step 4: Corners and Goalies

You will need to cut our four corner pieces and two goalies.

The corner pieces allow you to ricochet smoothly around the corners. And the goalies provide defense from straight on shots.

The corners are approximately 2.5" on the legs of the triangle. The goalies are approximately 2.5" square.

Use some scrap from you 1x3 to cut these pieces.

Step 5: Assembly

(1) Start by attaching the end pieces to the base. Fasten them with your favorite method.

Make sure your hardboard is SMOOTH SIDE UP. Or else you will not have any fun playing nok hockey.

You can glue them down with a strong adhesive like Gorilla Glue, but you'll have to clamp it.

Or you can use a bead of wood glue and then screw or nail from the bottom.

(2) Attach the sides the same way.

(3) Fasten the end piece into the side piece.

Step 6: Assembly Completion

Step 4 - Attach corner pieces. Again, these can be fastened with glue, screws, or nails.

Step 5 - Attach goalie pieces. Measure approximately 6" from each goal opening, and attach the goalies to the board. Fasten with your favorite method.

Step 7: Stick and Puck

Get a small piece of hardwood for your sticks and pucks.

I used poplar. I think it was a 4"x24" from the Home Depot.

Sketch a good hockey stick shape, approximately 12" long, with a 3 to 4 inch 'blade'
Cut out with your jig saw. Use the one you cut out as a pattern for your second stick.

For the puck, I used a 2.5" hole saw bit on my drill. It left the pilot hole in the middle, but it doesn't affect performance.

Decorate your 'rink' as you see fit, and have some fun!



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    I grew up in Rockford, Il. and we played this game all the time at the community center. It was very popular and had to wait in line to play. This Brings back fond memories. I am making one right now and gonna invite my kids over to play. I'm wondering how they will like it or not, you know its not high tech. Personally that's what I like about it. Thanks for sharing the idea and the memories. By the way that would of been somewhere around 1958-1962

    Gary from the midwest!

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    Gary - Glad to hear we brought back some memories and inspirations! This was a favorite at summer camp for me and my brother in the late 70's in New Jersey. Feel free to post some pix after your build!

    SolidStar I made mine 2x4 because we were making them for Boy Scouts and had a 4x8 sheet of hardboard. You can make it any dimension you want. Good luck!

    Nicely done! Hope you got a an 'A' in your shop class. No, I havent owned a real one since I was a kid.. About 30 yrs ago ;-)

    I just built one of these and put the center of the guard pieces 4" from the inside edge of the vertical backpiece. Seems to work okay for double bank shots. Also, the blue defense line should be about 1/4 the table length from each end. Also noticed after I built this one that "real" nokhockey tables come in two sizes, neither of which is the same as this one. They are 36" x 24" and 48" x 36". That makes it easier to get a single bank shot in because the table has more proportional width. Also, their corner pieces come all the way up to the top of the frame, so a high shot still corners in.

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    Thanks Vstruct! All good points.. Yes, this is not the same dimensions as the 'real' one. Feel free to post a pic.. Would love to see it! Lee

    Thank you for the instructions :) im 14 and made one of these for 10$ in wood shop in school. there so fun like we have competitions and stuff.putted one coat of gloss the waxed it and it slides real smooth. the only concern i have is the goalies are good 6 inches away but i would say about 4 because on 6 inches you cant do the bumper to goalie shot :( but its still fun at 6 :) Thank you 4 stars :)

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    Spider.. That totally made my day! Glad to hear you built one. If you have a picture, feel free to post in this thread. Enjoy! Lee

    I masked and painted the lines and circle on table with kids craft paint. After drying, I finished the table with 2 coats of high gloss poly. Ran some extra fine steel wool over it just to smooth it a bit. The most important step was to spray "pledge" polish over it, and that table is as slick and fast as can be. Just make sure your kids don't walk on it in their socks!

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    Great instructable! I just made this, but changed the dimensions as follows: 48" x 36" table, 5" wide goals, and goalies placed 5" from the goal. I have yet to finish the surface, but am thinking of a nice coat of high gloss poly, but plan to paint lines and circles first. Anybody have any suggestions for finishing? I liked the earlier comment about using plastic, but its a little pricey. I did remove quite a bit of the friction by waxing the surface of the puck. It goes much further. I also used poplar for the sticks and pucks, but they just don't feel right. Next time I'd use a denser wood like oak.

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    we made 3 or these games for our grand-kids. Great directions, though we guessed at where to draw the defense lines. We used wood glue and an air-nailer/stapler to fasten things together. Then we used paint pens to decorate the "ice" - didn't seem to affect the slickness of the surface too much. I even painted on team logos (Red Wings, Avalanche, and Wild) to match my grand-kids locale. Thanks for bringing back a great memory - and help me pass it on to the next generation!

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    Awesome! Thanks for letting me know! If you took any pix, let me know and I'd be happy to post them here. Lee

    you could also cover the surface with something like wax paper to make the puck glide more, just a thought

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    You'd be surprised how well the puck slides on the hardboard... Actually, when I get some time, I am planning on building an upgraded version. This one will have the hardboard painted like a rink, and then clear plexiglass or polycarbonate plastic as the 'ice' surface. That would be slick.. Thanks for looking!

    I used to play this game daily at the youth center as a kid. We used to play it without the sticks and a plastic checker instead of the puck. Why is it better that way you ask? Our favorite part of the game was the corner/goalie combo shot :) HUH you say? Check this out. You can shoot the checker along the wall and have it ricochet off the corner and then again off the goalie square and POW! a goal, in one shot. Here's how. Place a checker against the wall (lets say the right wall), put your right thumb against the left side of the checker while your other fingers are on the outside of the same wall (basically pressing the checker in to the wall), then squeeze the checker till it shoots forward. practice and you'll get it. we had a rule that If you could touch the checker and the wall at the same time, with the same hand (spreading your fingers) you could move the checker over to the wall and shoot from there. All other shots we would just use our thumb on top of the checker and flick forward. Hope this adds to the fun. PS> This may require that the goalie and corner pieces need to be correctly positioned.

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    You are absolutely correct. We used to do this at summer camp back in the late 70's :-D Thanks for letting others know about it!