Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Game

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Project by Daris posted 03-20-2013 02:31 PM 4584 views 33 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Game in just a few hours.  It’s a great beginner project, and it was really fun to make.  I’ve made a few game pieces now and there quickly becoming some of my favorite projects.  First off there usually quick to make.  Secondly EVERYONE wants one.  Lastly, there just fun.  Your kids, and grand kids will definitely want one.

A nice feature on this board is that the end opens up to store all of the marbles when there not being used.  You won’t Lose Your Marbles with this


For a little extra help with this project I also have a Project Plan and Material List along with a video of how I made this at my site:


Not a lot for this one.  I used a single board that I was able to pickup at Lowe’s.

(1)  2” x 6” x 4’ – I used untreated pine.

Milling & Assembly

I cross-cut all of my blocks with a table saw.  I cut a few extras to give away as gifts.

After finding where my grid lines would be; I used my router table with a V-Groove bit.  I only went just deep enough to achieve a clean line.

After I cut my grid lines.  I then drew an X in each block to find the center point for each square.  You could really just eye-ball this, but if you want to get a consistent look this is an easy way to ensure that.

Next up was cutting a hole to store the marbles.  Depending on the width of your marbles you may need to adjust the width and depth for your board.  I needed to go 3” deep for mine

I cleaned up all of the grooves and marble holes with sand paper.

I made an end piece out of a scrap piece of wood.  I rounded it over with a 1/4” round over bit to give it a cleaner look.  I attached the end piece by first pre-drilling my wood, and then attaching it with a wood screw.


To finish this, I sanded the whole piece using medium and then a fine grit sandpaper.  I stained my board with a dark mahogany stain.

This really was a great project! To see more pictures, plans, and videos of how I made this check out my other entry over at:


-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 03:57 PM

Just the kindof travel game my grandsons need – thanks.


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#2 posted 03-20-2013 04:02 PM

I love it. Made one of these tic-tac-toe games recently, and this is a great variation. So cool.

-- -- Don from PA

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 04:38 PM

nice work, thanks for sharing

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 05:31 PM

That is a great little game. I enjoy making Marble type games and will just have to make one. Thank you for posting this

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 06:02 PM

Thanks for all the feedback guys. This was really a fun one to make. Both of my kids were excited to get one.

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 06:23 PM

Oh, man… that took me right down memory lane. I do believe my mom bought me one of those at a parish festival 20-odd-something years ago. Provided my younger sister and brother didn’t destroy it, it’s probably up in the attic.

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#7 posted 03-20-2013 06:28 PM

Hello Daris

A fantastic idea with a nice tutorial

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 03-20-2013 10:12 PM

What a cool project! Think I may build one myself! Nice job!

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#10 posted 03-21-2013 02:48 AM

I make these all the time. What I do for the marble “divots” is to put a round over router bit into my drill press so that I get nice clean cups.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#11 posted 03-22-2013 01:00 PM

Great job!! I will have to make a few of these.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#12 posted 03-22-2013 08:01 PM

Very cool, beautiful and handy little game. My kids and I love it. Great tutorial as well.

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