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This month’s Power Tool Challenge theme is unconventional materials. I made a DIY Peg Game that uses brass casings instead of traditional wood pegs. I love playing this game at Cracker Barrel and now I can play it at home.
This month’s unconventional materials theme is a fun one. Last year when we did this theme, I built a DIY Industrial Pipe Bookshelf using pipes. My husband uses this bookshelf in his office and it is not only useful, but it’s also a conversation piece. Don’t miss the unconventional materials projects that my friends shared last year and be sure to check out this year’s projects at the end of this post. You can find links to all of my Power Tool Challenge projects here.
I was inspired to make this game after seeing a version of it on Etsy’s Rustic Trails Crafts. If you like this game but don’t want to DIY it, go buy a few for gifts from Rustic Trails Crafts.
How to Make a DIY Peg Game
Making this game wasn’t difficult but it did involve some brain power to make a template for drilling the holes. I ended up making three games, one to keep, and two to give as gifts. I’m really happy with the end result and I think that the two gift recipients will really like this project.
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Scrap Wood – I used a piece that I salvaged from the dumpster when we were building our lake house. You’ll need a piece at least 1/2″ thick and 6″ wide.
Centering Carpenter’s Rule – This is SO handy and it takes the thinking out of finding the center of any two points.
Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Router with 1/4″ Roundover Bit
Drill Press using a 17/64″ Bit
Orbital Sander and Sanding Block
Wood Stain and Poly Sealer
14 Brass Casings – I used 5.56 x 45 mm
Cut the Wood to Size
Use a carpenter’s square to mark the board for a 6″ isosceles triangle. I took pictures of this step but my camera had no chip when I took them. Woops!
Set a miter saw at 30 degrees to cut out the isosceles triangle.
Route the Edges
Use a 1/4″ Roundover Bit to route the edges of the triangle. (In retrospect, I should have sanded the wood first followed by routing the edges.)
Sheman is always nearby when I’m working in the workshop. I love that I’m wearing a rescue puppy t-shirt and you can see my sweet rescue Sherman supervising my work.
After the edges were routed, I cut off the corners with the miter saw. This step is optional, but I like how it looks this way.
The wood that I used was very weathered since it was exposed to the elements in the dumpster before I saved it. Since it was so weathered, using a belt sander was the easiest way to get the newly routed edge to match the unsanded wood.
Make a Template for the Holes
Making a template for drilling the holes was the hardest part of this project. To make the template, start by drawing a 6″ isosceles triangle on paper. Then draw a second triangle 1/2″ in from the outer triangle. Mark the corner points and then use a centering ruler to mark the midpoint on each side. Use the centering ruler again to mark the midpoint between those points. Connect the dots and mark the points at the intersections to mark the center triangle.
Cut the template out and attach it to a piece of luan. I planned to use spray adhesive but my can ended up being empty, so I used Mod Podge instead.
Here you can see the hole drilling template beside the wood triangle.
Drill the Holes
Use small nails to attach the template to the triangle.
Measure the diameter of a brass casing, select the appropriate bit, then drill the outer holes. I used a 17/64″ bit and drilled the holes 3/8″ deep.
Remove the template and drill the final three holes which are marked by nail holes.
Apply Stain and Sealer
Play the Game
To make this game unique and to fulfill the unconventional part of this month’s challenge, I used brass casings for the pegs instead of traditional wooden ones. If you know someone who likes to shoot, they probably can provide you with casings. Another option is to visit your local shooting range and ask if they can provide 14 casings. Or you could always order them or find some on Ebay.
This game would make a great gift and in particular, it would make a unique groomsmen’s gift for a wedding.
Enjoy More Unconventional Materials Projects
Enjoy the projects that my friends made for this month’s challenge. Click on the links below to visit each project.
Sweet Pea DIY Peg Game with Brass Casings
My Repurposed Life DIY Toddler Busy Board
The Handyman’s Daughter DIY Modern Outdoor Planter Box
Anika’s DIY Life DIY Modern Pencil Holder
The DIY Village DIY Platform Swing Tutorial