Supersized Game That Is Not Jenga




Intro: Supersized Game That Is Not Jenga

This is a GREAT improvement  over Jenga, it has more pieces and it has mallets!. This game is very quick and easy to make.  It is super sized and it can be stacked well over 5’ high. The mallets add to the fun for kids and makes the large size boards easier to move.

Step 1: Materials

4- - 10’ long 2”X3” pine (the radiata pine boards available at Home Depot  are great for this project ,they are usually quite dry and it is a light weight pine.


A tape measure or ruler

saw (I used a table saw with a cross cut sled )

You can use whatever type of saw you have

Router with a round over bit


Hardhats (i found some at garage sales)

A game box for the set (I will  a separate instructable.)


Step 2: Round Over Edges

Round over the edges of the boards with a router with a small round over bit.

If you don’ t have a router , or if you want to include small children in the build project, you can just soften up the edges with sandpaper.

Step 3: Trim Ends Off Boards

Trim a thin piece of wood off one end of each board., to remove the paint on the end of the boards.

Step 4: Cut the Boards

Before you cut the boards, you will need to lie 3 of them side by side and measure across them. Mine measured 7 3/4 “ across, but, if you buy or have different wood this may come out different. This is the length that we need for each game board.

Next , cut the pieces, I used a table saw with a crosscut sled. I miter saw or even a hand saw with a miter box would work fine. Before cutting the pieces set up a stop on your saw or miter box so that each piece comes out the same without measuring every time.

Cut 58 pieces at 7 ¾ (or the other board length you came up with). Be sure to start cutting at the end where you trimmed the paint. That leaves approximately 16” of pine left over for the mallet.

Step 5: Finishing the Boards

To prevent chipping of the wood and potential injuries round over the ends of each of the game pieces with your router.

Step 6: Make the Mallet

I actually turned the mallet for my first set on the lathe. This plan has a simpler design because most people don’t have lathes at home.

Set your saw up to cut a 1 ¼ “ strip of wood. Then cut the 16” board length wise. Run the cut off piece through the saw so that it is the same 1 ¼” width. Then flip the pieces on their sides and run them both though again so that you end up with two pieces that are 1 ¼ X 1 ¼ “ X 16.  Roundover edges with router.

Then cut the two pieces so you end up with 4- 1 ¼ X 1 ¼ “ X 8 pieces.


Hold two pieces in a T shape and pre drill a hole for the screw. I used 2 ½ inch screws, because they were handy . Put glue (either wood or white glue) on the pieces before screwing together. Do it again for the second mallet.

Voila mallets!

Step 7: Play!


Start with two layers of two blocks each, evenly spaced as in photo.


These two layers should not be removed while playing the game.


Continue with three blocks per layer using all the remaining blocks.

Each layer is laid at right angles to the previous layer.





Remove a block, placing the block on the top of the tower

with a maximum of three blocks per layer.


The mallets can be used to hit the block to move it, it can also be turn around to push a block out with the handle of the mallet.


Blocks can not be removed from the top two completed layers.



The last player placing a stable block on top of the tower wins.


Whoever makes the tower collapse is the loser and

rebuilds the tower for the next challenge!


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    17 Discussions

    Mark 42

    1 year ago

    Why 2x3 instead of 2x4?
    (I'm curious because 2x4 is so easy to find)

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    artlifeMark 42

    Reply 1 year ago

    my response posted above for some reason. The 2x3" radiata pine is drier and much lighter than standard 2x4"s. Safer for kids.

    Mark 42

    1 year ago

    1 reply

    1 year ago

    The 2x3 radiata pine is much lighter and drier. Less chance of kids getting hurt.


    4 years ago

    I want to build one for a Christmas gift this year. Do you plan on putting up instructions for a box to store it in? I think it would really add to the gift.

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    Reply 4 years ago

    Yes, do plan on posting plans for a box. Hopefully in plenty of time for Christmas.


    5 years ago

    Just built this today! Awesome thanks for the simple instructions.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm seems strangely familiar :D... Just a heads up, "Jenga" doesn't like it that there are people making their own "Jenga" game. I had to change my instructable to something without Jenga in it.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    It is actually a Jenga "like" game. (I will edit the title.
    This is from Wikipedia "A very similar game called Ta-Ka-Radi was released in the USA by the Parsons family of Maine in 1978, five years before the release of Jenga.[8] Their game was sold through mail-order by L.L. Bean and Lands' End stores. The Parsons family did not invent the game; it had been shown to them by a friend recently returned from a visit to Africa.[9] According to Ta-Ka-Radi's website, this style of stacking block tower game originated in West Africa, and that "Ta-Ka-Radi is the original game as it has been played by generations of West African people." However, as this is incorrect and there is no evidence that any such game existed in Africa or anywhere else before the early 1970s,[dubious – discuss] it is more likely that the friend who showed it to the Parsons had played it with the Scott family or friends of the Scott family during a visit to Accra.[citation needed]

    There are two main differences between Ta-Ka-Radi and Jenga. In Ta-ka-radi there are 50 tiles, and the tiles are placed on their narrow edge with gaps in between them.[10] Jenga is played with 54 tiles, and the tiles are placed on their broad side without gaps between them."
    This version does not have 54 or 50 pieces, it has 58 and it has mallets. It is also more fun!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! How is the small one to play? I made a small set too, but I haven't tried it yet.