Fun for outdoor parties, family reunions and other gatherings, a large, “life sized” Jenga set will provide hours of entertainment for just a little cost and effort.
These instructions will yield a Jenga set that has 18 rows that have three pieces laid next to each other (a total of 54 pieces). For instructions on how to set up the game and rules for playing click HERE
- 5 pieces of 2×4 Kiln Dried Cedar Decking 10’ Long
- Chop Saw
- Tape Measure
- Belt Sander (or hand sanding pad)
- Safety equipment including Glasses, Ear Plugs, etc
Cost for the Cedar Decking: Approximately $50
Measure once! Start by creating a jig for the Chop Saw by taking an 8 or 10 foot scrap piece of material and clamping it to the saw. Have at least a foot of the scrap piece go past the blade of the saw. Next, measure 10 ½ inches from the saw blade and screw a block into the scrap piece.
By butting the end of the board into the block each time, you will be cutting a perfect 10 ½” piece each time.
Next, set the depth setter on the saw to allow it to cut only through the 2×4 and not through the scrap piece of material that you clamped to the saw.
Cut the deck boards into 54 pieces. Do be sure to check the block occasionally to ensure it has been bumped from the 10 ½” you set it away from the saw blade.
We recommend using Kiln Dried Cedar Decking to help ensure the material slides nicely without catching when the game is in play. A good sanding will also help with this. We used a belt sander, but hand sanding with a block covered with fine grit sand paper would also work fine.
Since we are using the Jenga sets we built as an auction item to help raise funds for our local builder’s association (SICBA), our local economic development association (EDASC), as well as our local policeman auxiliary group this holiday season, we are branding the pieces with our name and logo.
Branding irons, such as this one, can be obtained from our friends at Custom Branding Irons. It is a great way to add that special touch to a wood working project.
Now the set is ready to play!
When the Jenga set it not in use, we recommend keeping it under cover and dry.
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