Cottage Jumbo Jenga




About: I'm just a fancy mustache wearing, woodworking, wine and scotch tasting, creative thinking type of guy.

This is a great game that's perfect for outside, or at the cottage. It's also a good way to use up any left over 2x4's that are laying around.

It took us about 20 minutes to cut the wood, which will lead to hours of fun.

Please remember be safe and wear eye protection when cutting wood.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

- 4 1/2, 12' 2x4s
- pencil
- saw (hand or circular)
- plywood (optional)

We used a circular saw because it cuts faster, but a hand saw will due just fine.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

You will want to cut your wood into 57, 10 1/2" pieces.

This will allow three pieces to be side by side in alternating rows.

We started to stack the wood after cutting it so it would be ready right away for our first game. It helps to keep the area organized, as you go along.

If needed, use a plywood base so it will be flat when setting up your game.

Step 3: Start Playjng

Now that everything is ready, you can stack your jumbo Jenga blocks.

The rules:

Set up all 57 blocks, lay three side by side on top of your plywood base. Lay three more on top at 90 degrees to the ones below and repeat.

Each person removes one block at a time and places it on top at 90 degrees to the row on top.

You can only touch the piece that you are removing.

The person who causes the stack fall looses

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14 Discussions


4 years ago on Introduction

A similar idea was sent to me from a blog via HomeDepot in Canada. They suggested staining the blocks to make them look nice, and oil or varnish to make them slip along each other easier. Also, with kinds involved sanding is kind of a must.

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3 years ago

We made it but may need more sanding because pieces don't push out very easily.


4 years ago

I made a giant Jenga last year. I looked at an actual Jenga block as a basis. The real blocks do not have stain or sealers, but are sanded smooth to have 90 degree edges. I used a power planer to get the edges sharp and sanded with a random orbit sander then a finish sander for smoothness.

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Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

I'm going to be building a set this week and planing it as well for the even smoothness. I think the game will play better if all the pieces are even. I am going to run the pieces on my router though to take the sharp 90 off of the edges. Don't want to hurt anyone playing when a block falls on them.


3 years ago

thanks forma sharing we did it

you totally you could just measure the width of three 1x2's laying down to get the length of the boards to cut.


4 years ago

Love this!! Brilliant!