I was recently at an event in Dallas when I came across giant Jenga. As it turns out, giant Jenga is a great way to pass the time at any outdoor event such as family gatherings, a night in with friends, barbecues, seafood boils or tailgating. On my trip home, I thought it would be great to have a set of this around for when I had people ready and willing to play. Since it isn't very complicated, I decided to build one and share with you how to make one also.
Playing Jenga is simple. Stack 54 blocks in alternating rows of three at 90 degree angles. Remove one piece of wood from any completed level and stack it on the top level. You You must complete a level with three blocks before going up. If the stack falls on your turn, you lose. Click here for official Jenga Rules.
DIY Giant Jenga Materials
DIY Giant Jenga Guide
Put on your safety glasses, gloves and dust mask. Use the sandpaper to smooth out any noticeable rough areas on the boards. Measure and mark 10.5 inch lengths of the 2x4 until you run out of room on each. Each 2x4 should make eleven blocks with an extra block that will not be used. Mark an "X" on the final piece to show it is too short in case it gets mixed in with the other blocks.
Cut each of the marked spots at 90 degree cuts. Continue to cut the boards until all the marks have been cut. If you feel confident or have suitable equipment, you can cut multiple boards at a time. Remember to place the extra piece from each cut aside so it does not get mixed into the Jenga pieces.
Use the sandpaper on the edges to remove any splintering or rough edges. Rough spots will cause a lot of frustration while playing. Be sure to wear your dust mask, gloves and eye protection. This Jenga set is not weather proof so be sure to store it indoors. Sealing or painting the wood will cause it to stick so it is not a good idea. Be sure to play Jenga on a sturdy raised surface. A great idea would be to build a box with handles to hold the Jenga set that could also be used as a table to play on top.
Giant Jenga is really is a lot of fun and I would recommend bringing it to your next tailgate party. Giant Jenga sets also make great gifts for birthdays or holidays. If you want to give your set a little color, paint only the cut ends. Enjoy your new game that you made!
GreenSeasons does not typically craft this type of thing, but we thought it was interesting and wanted to share. We like the idea bringing you and those close to you together for something fun.
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