Jenga Set and Box

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Project by AdrianT posted 06-03-2012 04:01 AM 7271 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Make these as attendance prizes for Kid’s Church.

The jenga set itself is made of birch, and finished with paste-wax so the pieces slide nicely. The width of the pieces was based on the thickness of the birch board (about 3/4”) so the whole set is a little smaller that a real set.

The box has two interlocking sliding lids (see #3). The big one allows the pieces to be stacked into the box, and it locks the smaller one in place (see picture #4). When you’re ready to play, tip it on end and open the small door at the bottom to allow the stack to be released already to play (see #1).

The box was made of cheap pine from the local lumber-yard, and some left over 1/8” plywood. Ripped the pine on my table-saw to make it thinner, and then hand planed out the roughness left by the saw. That was a first for me! I see now why (1) a planer is a nice machine to have, and (2) why people enjoy using hand-planes!

Used a dark mahogany stain (hides the fact that the plywood was much darker than the pine) and then finished with a clear acrylic spray.

Been following LJ’s for a while now, this is my first post! I am still quite the beginner!

-- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me... AND I'm an engineer.

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 04:58 AM


These are great. Looks like you spent a good bit of time planning a box that would function well and be fun for kids too. A prize like this would make junior church worth attending. Good thought…nice project. Welcome to this part of Lumber Jocks. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 06:07 AM

This is a great project. Great work.

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 11:43 AM

Nice work! I know the kids will love them!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 02:04 AM

“I see now why (1) a planer is a nice machine to have, and (2) why people enjoy using hand-planes!” How interesting that these statements are contradictory yet in agreement. I would be loathe to resort to only one of these tools. You did a nice job with what you had.
The interlocking lids are a real treat, I must remember that trick. Great first post.

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#5 posted 10-29-2012 09:35 AM

That was an awesome job for someone who claims to be a beginner! It looks even better than the actual Jenga toys themselves. I believe with proper training, you can go on to make even more toys with wood.

-- Christopher -

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