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Four in a row

This super-sized game makes a perfect summer project that will have both adults and children alike battling it out for the win.

Build a super sized game

As seen in kiwigardener

You will need

  • 2 pieces 7mm plywood (approx. 900mm x 600mm)
  • 1 piece 12mm plywood (approx. 900mm x 600mm)
  • 18mm x 40mm pine moulding (approx. 4.1m)
  • 18mm x 18mm pine moulding (approx. 3.2m)
  • 14 x 25mm screws
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Hole saw (75mm and 88mm)
  • Mitre saw or hand saw
  • Pencil
  • PVA wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape measure

Before you start:  You can scale this project up or down to suit your plywood or hole saw sizes. Just remember to recalculate all the measurements so the discs can drop smoothly in the space allowed between the batons (pine moulding) and then stack neatly in the centre of each hole.

Handy hint:  The hole saw measurements (for my saw) referred to the hole size left in the plywood, rather than the disc size it cuts. Take the actual disc size into account if adjusting the project size.

Extra colour:  Paint or stain the two inside faces of your panels before gluing them together and the extra colour will show through the finished product.

Another idea:  Create plywood legs that the board can slot into for easy removal and flat storage.

How to build a super sized game


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Step one:  Measure and mark your two pieces of 7mm plywood to 833mm x 530mm.

Step two:  Clamp one of your 18mm x 40mm mouldings to the first piece of 7mm plywood and use it as a straight edge to cut the first panel to size using the mitre saw. Repeat for the second panel.

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Step three:  Starting from the left-hand short edge of one of your plywood panels, draw a vertical line 40mm in and then every 110mm. These marks will be where you place the 18mm x 18mm batons that will create the drop channels for the discs. Draw a dashed line 86mm in from the left and then every 110mm. Lastly, starting from the bottom, mark out a point at 43mm and then every 86mm along each dashed line. These will be the centre points of your 42 drill holes.

Step four:  Clamp both 7mm panels together, making sure they are tight enough to stay aligned as you cut.

Step five:  Using the 75mm hole saw, cut out holes in the panels at each of your 42 marked centre points.

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Step six:  Unclamp your panels and sand down any rough edges.

Step seven:  Cut six 525mm length batons from your 18mm x 18mm pine moulding and two 525mm length batons from your 18mm x 40mm pine moulding.

Step eight:  Place your two wider batons on the outside edges of your marked panel and the remaining six along your drawn guides. Fix into place with PVA glue.

Step nine:  Apply a line of glue along the top of each of the eight batons and carefully place your second board on top, making sure your edges are flush.

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Step ten: Clamp your panels together and allow the glue to dry. (You can place weights on top if you don’t have enough clamps.)

Step eleven: While the glue is drying, cut 42 discs from your 12mm plywood using an 88mm hole saw. Sand down any rough edges.

Step twelve: Time to start making your legs. Cut your remaining 18mm x 40mm pine moulding to the following lengths: 2 x 667mm, 2 x 115mm, 2 x 285mm and 1 x 850mm. This last piece will become the ‘base board’, which will keep your discs from dropping out of the bottom of the game.

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Step thirteen:  Screw the two 667mm pieces to each side of your board, long side touching, and aligned at the top (turn your board upside down if needed).

Step fourteen:  Screw the two 115mm pieces onto the inside of the legs, aligning at the bottom, as shown.

Step fifteen:  Mark the centre of one 285mm piece length. Use a screw to attach it to a leg, perpendicular to the board, as shown. Repeat with the second leg and your board will now be able to stand by itself and the base board will have a space to fit into.

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Step sixteen:  Now’s the time to get the kids involved! Paint 21 discs in one colour and the remaining 21 discs in a different colour. Apply a second coat if required.

Step seventeen:  Paint the panels using Resene Colorwood Whitewash and paint the legs and base board using Resene Colorwood Stain in Walnut. Apply a second coat of each if required.

Step eighteen:  Once everything is dry, set up a game, grab an opponent and battle to get four discs in a row, vertically, horizontally or diagonally. When the game is over, pull out the base board to release the discs and play again!

Handy hint:  If you wish to paint or stain the legs a different colour, do so before fixing them to the board.

Painting tips:

Words and photos by Klaudia Krupa

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