Line ’em up! Create a noughts and crosses board for the kids
Three in a row and you’re the winner!
fun games for kids don’t have to be big and complicated – the simplest ones are often the best! You can bring the classic game of noughts and crosses off the page and into three dimensions with this simple project.
Gather your supplies
• Sides, rails and dividers 42 x 19mm x 1.8m dressed pine (2)
• Back 900 x 600 x 3mm MDF
• Blocks 112 x 112 x 925mm primed treated pine
• Letters X and O, MDF (9 each)
• Long sides 42 x 19 x 430mm dressed pine (2)
• Short sides 42 x 19 x 392mm dressed pine (2)
• Rails 42 x 19 x 392mm dressed pine (2)
• Dividers 42 x 19 x 118mm dressed pine (6)
• Back 430 x 430 x 3mm plywood
• Blocks 112 x 112 x 100mm primed treated pine (9) You’ll also need Measuring tape; pencil; drill; 1.5mm drill bit; 40mm x 2mm nails; hammer; PVA glue; acrylic undercoat, Dulux Aquanamel semi gloss in Vivid White, Cinderella Pink and Green Grapple; paintbrush; 20mm nails; nail punch; wood putty; sandpaper; handsaw; artist’s brush For you to note • To paint all items, undercoat first, let dry and then apply 2 coats of enamel, allowing to dry after each coat.
• For a budget option, scrounge around for post offcuts for the blocks. Adjust dimensions of board to suit, if a different size.
STEP 1 Along 1 face of 1 long side, measure and mark centres of short sides and rails. Working from 1 end, make marks at 9, 146, 283 and 421mm. Drill 2 pilot holes at each mark with 1.5mm bit. Tap 40mm nails into each hole. Repeat for other long side. STEP 2 Spread glue on 1 end of 1 short side. Butt into long side flush with its end and nail together. Repeat to attach other short side onto other end of long side.
STEP 3 Spread glue on 1 end of 1 rail. Butt into long side so gap to short side is 118mm. Nail through long side into rail. Repeat to attach second rail to this long side.
STEP 4 Turn assembly over and spread glue on exposed ends of short sides and rails. Place second long side on these and nail together. Ensure gap between short sides and rails is 118mm.
STEP 5 Along short sides and rails, measure and mark centres of dividers. Working from outside of long rail, mark points and drill pilot holes at 146mm and 283mm. Drill from centre side of rail towards outside of box and on a slight angle.
STEP 6 Spread glue on each end of divider and position in gap between rail and short side. Ensure gap between divider and long side is 118mm. Drive nails through pilot holes into divider. Repeat with 3 more dividers.
STEP 7 Paint 1 face of back in Vivid White. Spread glue on edges of sides and rails and sit back on top. Align with edges of sides and use 20mm nails to attach.
STEP 8 Spread glue on 1 edge and ends of remaining dividers. Place in gap between rails in centre of box and align with dividers already installed. Leave to set.
STEP 9 Punch nails, fill with wood putty, let dry then sand smooth. Remove dust then paint in Vivid White.
STEP 10 Use handsaw to cut blocks out of length of pine post.
STEP 11 Sand blocks and round corners. Remove dust then paint in Cinderella Pink.
STEP 12 Paint letters in
Green Grapple. Use artist’s brush to paint edges.
STEP 13 Apply glue to back of letters. Place on face of block with end grain showing. Place a different letter on opposite face of block.