|Project by USCJeff||posted 02-12-2015 01:40 PM||762 views||2 times favorited||0 comments|
I was looking for a simple project that I could do with my 8 year old as he’s been expressing interest in woodworking at home and scouts and this came to mind. It started off as a “Knock Hockey” project designed after the traditional name brand versions not around much anymore. The reverse football game was an afterthought when we got to the point of finishing the bottom. ~Might as well make it functional.
A couple observations on the hockey side:
The whole project is finished with acrylic paints with clear topcoats. The blue hockey sticks left streaks of blue on the the white paint immediately. I’d recommend using a matching color to mask the transfer or else a finish that would perhaps avoid it. The frame uses brad strengthened butt-joints. The 45 degree mitered corner blocks that were glued on makes it a bit stronger than what I expect of butt-joints. We used a checker for a puck. The goal on each end is not quite three checker lengths wide. The entire size ended up approximately 3’L x about 20”. Rules are found easily by a Google search.
Football: Not much to this side. The finishing took some time. I chose to use masking tape to make the lines and border consistent and square. Other than that, the only technical challenge was spacing the 10 yard increments evenly. The football is a just a 1/8” thick piece of wood cut/sanded to shape with some laces painted on it.
Fun one and it definitely was within the ability of an 8 year old (supervised, of course)
-- Jeff, South Carolina