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Project by doninvegas posted 10-15-2011 01:04 AM 2301 views 16 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I was browsing around this site and came across an old post about a giant Jenga game. I was intrigued and did a little research and this is what I came up with. I bought some 2×3 studs and starting cutting. Each of the 54 pieces are 7 ½” long. It’s about 26” high. Mw and a couple of friends have birthdays in Sept. So we gather at our local bar and introduced the game. I can’t believe what a hit it was. We played this thing for hours. Even the band got into it on their brakes. So, when the party ended we left it there. I was going to pick it up the next day but when we got there people were playing Jenga and having a ball. Needless to say it’s still there. And last weekend I sold one. What a cool project do do and sooooo much fun to play. 54 pieces sanded to 220, 2 coats of poly and 2 coats of wax. All in all it took about 10 hours to make. Selling them for $75 bucks.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#1 posted 10-15-2011 02:10 AM

Simple AND cool, what a great combination!

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#2 posted 10-15-2011 05:36 AM

I remember that game I played it with my kids. Thanks for the memories.

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#3 posted 10-15-2011 06:44 PM

I have seen this tailgating at a nascar race. I am going to make one, it would be a nice break from the cornhole game at the track. Did you run the boards through a thickness planer before cutting to length? I think I will make a platform with feet to level the game on rough ground.

Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 10-15-2011 07:50 PM

Having made a set of these some years ago, I too have found them very popular, particularly at garden lunches or parties.

Just one point for GSwoodworker, the boards should NOT be ‘thicknessed’ – there needs to be some variation, as if they are all too precise it becomes very difficult to remove individual blocks. Indeed, some twist or warp is helpful. I actually used some pressure-treated rounded-corner studs as used in pergolas and other garden constructions, and this is probably the one occasion where I didn’t need to select lengths were perfectly straight and true :-) .

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 10-15-2011 08:03 PM

Very nice. Now you just need a jenga pistol

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#6 posted 10-15-2011 10:27 PM

Really cool project & story. I think I will also need one of these for bbq’s!

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 12:54 AM

Thanks all.
GS, no I didn’t run them through a planer. Just cut the studs so they were square and want for it. I got the one I sold preety much done. Just have to check them in the moring to see if I have to wax them/

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#8 posted 10-16-2011 04:27 AM

Really a cool idea. Thanks for sharing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 10-16-2011 10:26 PM

Very cool. I bet they make some racket when they come crashing down.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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