Giant Jenga

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Intro: Giant Jenga

This game was actually an afterthought with 2x4's I had leftover from making triple bunk beds. You'll need six 8' 2x4's. I suggest using premium boards (less sanding). The scaled size (according to online) is 10.5" per Jenga block. I first measure and marked all my boards (measure twice cut once), then using a table compound saw I cut each block (you need 54 for a complete set). This entire process maybe took one hour. The time consuming process was using a palm sander to finely sand down each block to make them nice and smooth (2-3 hours). I then opted to use an oil to wipe the boards down instead of staining, polyurethane or painting. This gave them a natural look and somewhat slippery. My 12 year old nephew helped me with the sanding and he later committed that was his favorite part of our vacation week. Great project to do with a son or daughter. The game was played multiple times every day.

Step 1: Giant Jenga!

This game was actually an afterthought with 2x4's I had leftover from making triple bunk beds. You'll need six 8' 2x4's. I suggest using premium boards (less sanding). The scaled size (according to online) is 10.5" per Jenga block. I first measure and marked all my boards (measure twice cut once), then using a table compound saw I cut each block (you need 54 for a complete set). This entire process maybe took one hour. The time consuming process was using a palm sander to finely sand down each block to make them nice and smooth (2-3 hours). I then opted to use an oil to wipe the boards down instead of staining, polyurethane or painting. This gave them a natural look and somewhat slippery. My 12 year old nephew helped me with the sanding and he later committed that was his favorite part of our vacation week. Great project to do with a son or daughter. The game was played multiple times every day.

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    Lcomer852

    2 years ago

    Good morning. We are having trouble with our blocks sliding. You mention an oil to wipe down the boards. Can you tell me what oil worked for you?

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    JrvtgsLcomer852

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi Lconer852,

    Stain of Your Choosing, Rags to Apply, Rubber Gloves
    Minwax Finishing Paste. Make they've been sanded fine with a 220 grit sandpaper