How to Build a Washer Game
If you’re looking for a fun and engaging outdoor game to play with friends and family, look no further than the washer game. Also known as “washer toss” or “washers,” this backyard game is easy to learn, simple to set up, and suits players of all ages. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of building your own washer game from scratch.
Step 1: Gathering the Materials
Before you begin, gather the following materials:
– Two 14″x14″ or 16″x16″ square plywood boards (¾” thick)
– Four 4″x4″ wooden posts (16″ long)
– Eight galvanized washers (3″ diameter)
– Four bolts (2.5″-3″ long) with matching nuts
– Wood screws
– Wood glue
– Paint or varnish (optional)
Step 2: Cutting the Boards and Posts
First, cut your plywood boards and wooden posts to size. Your boards should be square and either 14″x14″ or 16″x16″, depending on your preference. Cut the wooden posts to create legs that are 16 inches in length.
Step 3: Marking and Drilling Holes
Next, find the center of each plywood board by drawing diagonal lines from one corner to another. Mark the center with a pencil. Use a hole saw or jigsaw to cut out a hole in the center of each board—the hole should be roughly 3 – 4 inches in diameter.
Step 4: Assembling the Frame
Attach wooden posts on each corner of these squares with wood screws. Ensure they are positioned so that they will provide adequate support once stood upright. Pre-drill holes for secure placement.
Optional: For extra stability, you can add additional cross beams at the bottom of each frame.
Step 5: Adding the Bolts
Next, drill a hole through the center of each wooden post (roughly 4 inches from the top). Secure each board to the wooden posts using a bolt and nut. Hand tighten or use a wrench for a snug fit.
Step 6: Sanding and Finishing
Sand any rough edges on your boards and wooden posts to make sure they are smooth and safe to play with. If desired, paint or varnish your washer game boards to add some flair and style.
Step 7: Preparing the Washers
Ensure that you have eight galvanized washers, with four washers assigned to each team. Optionally, you can paint half of the washers in contrasting colors to differentiate teams easily.
Step 8: Setting Up and Playing the Game
To play washer toss, set your two boards apart at a regulation distance of 21 feet (or adjust as desired). Establish teams, and take turns tossing washers towards the opposing team’s board. The goal is to land the washers in the holes for points!
With these easy steps, you now have a homemade washer game perfect for your next backyard barbecue or family gathering! Enjoy hours of fun with this simple yet addicting game.