Ok, so I had originally planned to just do this in one post but after today I decided that breaking it up into parts would be much better! If you haven’t seen lately, giant Jenga sets are all the rage right now. I first saw one a few years ago while out with some family having a drink.
We saw another set at a bar while seeing a band play recently too. That’s when my sister and I decided we wanted to try our hand at making our own! If you have thought about making your own set or want to now, just follow along and make one with us! I will go step by step on how we make ours including any issues we come across.
Today was all about getting the basics done. We wanted to get our wood and get it all cut. That way, we would only have to worry about sanding and customizing! Now, I will say that this is the first time I have ever done this kind of project before. So we didn’t have anything to work with. No tools, no nothing. So off my sister and I went to Lowe’s to see about getting the wood we would need. From all of our research we knew we were going to be getting about 14- 2x4x96 select studs.
We wanted to try and make two sets but weren’t sure how many blocks per set we would want them to be. So we really just guessed on this. We figured if we needed more we could just go grab a few more. We ended up deciding we like having more blocks for a full set. We ended up with one full sized set and another which we are thinking will be a table top set. I would say if you just want to make one full sized set with 72 blocks to get about 9 instead of 14. Should give you a little room for error too in case you need a few extra blocks.
So for our shopping experience at my local Lowe’s the short run down is that we were there for over an hour. Mostly just waiting for someone to come help us and answer a few questions. I know on their site it says they will cut wood for you but we were told a HUGE no on cutting ours which we understood. Can’t really expect them to chop that many pieces up for us when they have other things to do. So now we needed a saw to cut it at home. After having the associate fail at selling us saws that were way more than we really needed I just called the hubs. He said he would go get us what we needed so we didn’t have to worry about getting the wrong one.
So back to the wood section we went to buy our stuff. The ones we wanted were strapped down and the guy who had finally came to help us took off after failing to sell us a saw. So again began our second round of waiting. Eventually the guy at checkout asked if we would be ok with some other pieces that weren’t strapped down because he couldn’t find anyone that could come help. They were a little bit more but he said he would just comp the difference. Which we were good with.
So after finally getting out of there with our wood we tetris-sed the crap out of them and made them fit in the car! I had to end up sitting in the back so we could make it all fit but hey, at least we got them all home! The husband went and grabbed a saw, tape measure and 7″ rafter square. Like I said we literally had nothing to work with! He got a Ryobi 7-1/4″ Circular Saw from Home Depot.
We measured and made 10 1/2 in marks on our boards and the guys cut it for us. Our next step will be to sand and prime all the pieces and do any customization we want. We will probably do one a Dallas Cowboys theme and the other we are still deciding on! Part two will focus on finishing up and the end result so be sure to keep an eye out for that!
If you are wanting to make your own I will add in everything you need below with measurements to make it easier! Keep in mind this is just part one so this is not a full craft but will get you going! If you have any tips or advice feel free to leave it below. This is our first time making anything like this so I would say our skill level when starting this was pretty much at a zero lol. We plan to make more sets for family and friends, so are hoping as we make more we learn more.
Once the project is finished I will post a full how to post on just what to do as well. If you happen to have some of these supplies it will cost you a lot less. Or if you know someone with a saw that would help cut down on costs as well but I will list the total I spent getting everything below.
I did buy extra wood so for only the 9 pieces it would be about 23.40 vs the 36.40 I spent. Cost can vary depending on the type of wood you buy but there were quite a few options at my Lowe’s. Just look around and pick what you like best.
One tip when selecting the wood for making this is that you dont want giant holes in any of the pieces, so be sure to look over each piece before you buy it. We hand selected every piece and gave it a close inspection. We ended up putting back quite a few pieces that didn’t pass our quality inspection, so be sure to look it over thoroughly.
What you will need to make one full size set (72 pieces)
9- 2x4x96 pieces lumber of your choice
Saw to cut your pieces
Right angle square
Mark your wood in 10 1/2 in pieces and then cut
Total Cost: $92.28
Tape Measure- $7.97
Rafter Square- $7.94