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    How To Build A Washers Game

    Posted by  ·  June 7, 2013

    It is time to move outdoors to play games and have some summer fun! This washers game will provide hours of fun!

    How to build a washers game

    Supply list for washers game:
    1 – 4′ x 4′ x 3/4″ plywood finished on one side
    2 – 1″ x 2″ x 12′ pine board
    1 package EZ Drain drain tile sock
    1 – 30″ x 1″ piano hinge
    6 – 4″ closet flange spacers
    1 box #8 x 2″ flat phillips wood screws
    24 – 1/2″ to 3/4″ drywall or wood screws
    12 – 21/2″ washers
    Drill with a #2 phillips screw bit and a 3/32″ drill bit for pilot holes
    4″ hole saw
    150 grit sandpaper

    Supplies needed to build a washers game Washers Game Cutting Guide

    Once all the pieces have been cut, drill the 4″ holes in each of the 18″ x 36″ plywood pieces. Build two games for friendly competition!!

    The 3 holes are  placed 9″ from the edge and centered from the top down 7 1/2″, then 15 3/4″ from the top on center, and finally the third is 24″ from the top on center.  Mark a small “x” where the edge measurement intersects with the measurement from the top.  The center of this “x” is where you place the bit of the 4″ hole saw to cut out the holes.  Be sure to go slow and steady so that the wood does not splinter.  Lightly sand the holes once they have been cut out.

    Washer Game DIY Plan how to build a washers game

    Apply trim to sides to create a finished edge.  Mount the 1″ x 2″ flush with the finished side of the plywood.  The edge pieces require 5 screws on each side and 3 screws along the top and bottom.

    washers game plans step 3

    To help keep the wood from splitting, drill pilot holes before screwing in the trim pieces.

    Dewalt tools

    My Husband loves to use his DeWalt quick connect impact driver chuck so that the phillips head bit and the drill bit used to drill pilot holes can be interchanged quickly.

    how to build a washers game tutorial

    Now we are ready to complete the holes for the washers.

    plans to build a washers game

    Cut EZ Drain mesh tube into 8 inch lengths. Sew along one end.

    washers game plans

    Pinch sewn end and sew across. Repeat for other side.

    building a washers game

    Turn inside out.

    how to build a washer game steps

    Pull the sock through the plastic flange spacer so the edge of the socks comes out to the  edge of the flange and fits evenly around the flange.  Center the sock and plastic flange  around the plywood hole.  Screw the flange tightly to the plywood.  Be careful that the screws pass through the sock materical and don’t catch it and bunch up.

    washers game tutorial How to build a washers game step 4


    Measure where the hinged stand will fit by placing the 41/2″ block of 1″ x 2″ next to the edge of the trim at the top underneath side of the plywood board.  Then place the plywood stand next to the 1″ x 2″ block, and finally place the 18″ x 1″ x 2″ piece tightly next to the plywood stand.

    Washers Game Plan Step 5 how to build an outdoor game

    Fasten the 18″ x 1″ x 2″ piece onto the plywood board.  Don’t forget to drill  pilot holes  on each side about an 1″  to 1 1/2″ from the outer edge.

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    Cut the 30″ piano hinge evenly in half with a hack saw.  Put the plywood stand and the 1″ x 2″ block back in place and take the 15″ piano hinge and place it evenly along the 18″ x 1″ x 2″ board and plywood stand.  Be sure the hinge is tight in the corner against each board.  Screw along the hinge with  the screws that were provided with the hinge.

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    The small block can  be removed to allow the stand to fold, for easy storage.

    washers game

    Grab some washers and…


    let the games begin!

    Thanks Lowe’s for challenging me to get outside and play! If you are looking for more fun ideas to enjoy the outdoors, Lowe’s has all the tools you need to be creative. Check out their Lowe’s Creative Ideas blog and be inspired! You can find Lowe’s Creative Ideas on Facebook and don’t forget to pick up a FREE Subscription to Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. Their magazine is fabulous!


    As always my DIY supplies are from my go to store Lowes. Thanks Lowes for sponsoring this post!


    Leave a Comment


    1. JP
      Saturday, July 27th, 2013
      Where did you find the washers?
      • Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
        We found the washers at Lowe's. Hope this helps.
    2. Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
      This game was one of my favorites as a child. This guide is a very straightforward, easy to follow instructional. Great job!
    3. George
      Monday, June 10th, 2013
      This game was really fun and easy to make! As an added bonus for me, I get to go Lowe's and shop!