How to Make a Kubb Set

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About: I like to make things for the internets. I also sell a pretty cool calendar at supamoto.co. You'll like it.

One of the best things about summer is playing a casual game on a field or the beach. In our office, one of our favorite games is called Kubb (rhymes with "tube") that is originally from Sweden. If you have access to some woodworking tools it's pretty easy to make and a lot of fun to play.

What's so fun about the game may not be obvious at first, but after a single game many people get hooked. Trust me, it's worth the bit of effort it takes to make a set.

Kubb wiki page
Rules of play

Step 1: Get Some Wood!

To make one set you'll need:

- 6' of 4x4
- 6' of 1.5"-2" dowel
- 4' of .75" dowel
- 30' of string

If this is your first set you might want to pick up an 8' piece of 4x4 to try making a couple different kings.

Step 2: Make Your King

Chop off 12" of the 4x4. This is the wood for the king which acts like the eight ball in the game of Kubb. Knock it over at the end to win, but if you knock it over early you lose. Either way it only gets hit once per game and it often gets decorated to show off how important it is.

The amount of decoration is up to you. All I used for these two kings was a table saw. Two 45-degree cuts were used to notch the sides and a series of cuts decorated the top. A router would work brilliantly here as well.

Or don't cut it at all and draw a smiley face on it. It's up to you.

Step 3: Trim the Rest of the Wood

The rest of the pieces, the kubbs, are narrower than the king so you'll need a table saw to cut them down.

The size of the kubb is 7cm x 7cm x 15cm or 2.75" x 2.75" x 5.9" so trim off .75" off of two sides of the 4x4.

Step 4: Chop Off the Kubbs

Now that you have the right size wood, just chop off 10 5.9" lengths of it and you have your 10 kubbs.

Step 5: Chop Up the Dowels

You want 6 batons to throw at the kubbs and the king and these should be about 12" long. You also want 4 stakes to mark off the playing field and these should be about 12" long as well.

So chop off 12" lengths of both size dowel.

Step 6: Knot Up String and Wrap Around a Stake

The playing field for kubb is 5m by 8m or roughly 16.5' by 26'. You can mark this off with strides or you can get a length of string or rope and tie a few knots in it so you can quickly mark off your playing field accurately.

Below you can see one of the stakes wrapped with a knotted piece of nylon rope.

Step 7: Get Out and Play!

Now that you have a set, you should go out and play with it! It's awesome and you can work on your throwing skills.

Below, Bilal throws for guts and glory.

Again, for the rules, check outthis link.

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gdsmit1

1 year ago

Looks fun. Might give this a shot.

BTW, the links to the PDF of the rules is broken.

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Arrhyno

5 years ago on Introduction

Don't want to be too over-the-top when I play, but as a noob (pronounced like newb), would the extra weight of treated 4 x 4's (which I have some scraps of) throw off the way the game is played? Can any experienced players let me know what they think? Thx

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ducksarewetArrhyno

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

As someone who has played, I don't think it would be noticeable.. However, I wouldn't use pressure treated (PT) lumber unless people can wash their hands after. PT has toxins which transfer to skin. This isn't good if you are playing at a BBQ picnic.

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voltan

2 years ago

Is there something interesting that could be done with the "L" shaped peices?

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TheLazyCrafter

2 years ago

Well, I was advised to not use my table saw to rip the 4x4, so I did two cuts with the circ saw and then after cutting the Kubbs to size I evened them out with the miter. My teenage daughter taught me about this game because she plays it in gym class. Sounded like fun, but there is no way I'm going to pay $100+ for it when it's so easily made. I used untreated Douglas Fir for the 4x . Thank you for the plans!

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kamazeuci

9 years ago on Step 1

I think you really don't need the exact measures. For example, I've just made my kubb set with firewood splitted with my axe. I did the best to match indicated sizes but obviously with an axe you can't be that precise.. I bet vikings didn't buy their kubbs at home depot.

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SkandoFlambokamazeuci

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

No they sure didn't, but they were probably more accurate with an ax then they would be with a circular saw.

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ArtisanEclecticSkandoFlambo

Reply 2 years ago

With both tools the main concern is finishing with the same number of fingers as you started with!

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Mark 42

3 years ago

For the pronunciation freaks... Did it occur to you that pronunciation variations could be regional?

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HewgO

10 years ago on Introduction

Great Instructable! However, "Kubb" doesn't rhyme with "tube", it actually rhymes more with "tub". Trust me, I'm from Sweden :P Anyways, it's really fun to see that people outside of Sweden are taking a liking to this fantastic, wood-tossing, game :)

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Eric95MegaMaker

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

It's not pronounced koob! HewgO is right, it rhymes more with tub, but the U sound is like a mix between the american U and O.

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SkandoFlamboEric95

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Jo jag föddes I mora och min mor lär Amerikaner Svenska. I am Swedish, and my mother teaches Swedish to American/w.e culture adults. Not that it really matters, but it is much closer to toob, then tub.

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HewgOMegaMaker

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Yes.
"Koob" is actually a very good example of how it sounds like when americans try to speak swedish. They never quite get the U right.

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CamillaLuvzMusicHewgO

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Well I dunno about you all, but in Denmark it sounds no where near tub. And I'm not going to try to spell it because its not rly possible in english.
Just like americans can't say "rod grod med flode" except the o's in that should be o's w/ lines in them but I cant type that.

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jeralyn.merwin

3 years ago

Quick question. I thought I got all the measurements down and made a set. Then questioned myself about the 12" rods. I looked here again and your directions call for a rod 1 1/2 -2". I made mine 1". do you think it will make a difference? I would like to think no (cuz i actually cut them out of 2x4 then routed the edges, dang! All that work) but Im afraid you're going to say yes:-) thx