Large Connect 4 Game

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Project by AnthonyHbm posted 10-06-2015 08:21 PM 2875 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built for an all-night teen event. Made from plywood and dimensional lumber. Legs joined to feet using mortice and tenon. The sections are divided using plywood dry-fit into dados. Only the center divider is screwed in place to hold the back to the front. The Had to make the yellow hopper portion detachable (using t-nuts and carriage bolts) just so we could get it through the door. It is designed as knock-down for efficient storage. There is a trap door at the bottom to release the balls.

-- Anthonyhbm

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#1 posted 10-06-2015 10:41 PM

Thanks for posting, that is going on the list of things to make some day.

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#2 posted 10-07-2015 12:51 AM

You’re welcome woodworkguyca. All dimensions originate from the diameter of the balls. Holes were cut with spiral bit and referenced off a bolt inserted into the router base to serve as the pivot point. Just leave four equally spaced short tabs to saw the circles out. If you need any other advice or help I’d be glad to share it.

-- Anthonyhbm

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 03:43 AM

WOW! Incredible table play turned into real human size game. There must have been good party. Very nicely built.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-07-2015 04:10 AM

ok this is amazing

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#5 posted 10-07-2015 09:49 AM

Thank you majuvia and playingwithmywood.

-- Anthonyhbm

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#6 posted 10-07-2015 09:54 AM

Super cool. I’v always wanted to try one of these using the 6” wafers that get cut out when using a hole saw for cornhole boards, but never thought of using balls like this, though.

I’ll bet the kids really enjoyed it, looks like part of a game show!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 10-07-2015 12:02 PM

That is wonderful!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#8 posted 10-07-2015 03:33 PM

Thank you Tooch and ChuckV.

Yes, its and all-night (8pm-6am) teens event produced by Word of Life Bermuda. It consists of a game show for 4hrs, a gospel message, all-you-can-eat pizza and soda, crazy gym games 3hrs and bowling 3hrs. We usually host around 300-400 teens. Quite a production that requires 80+ staff, we’ve been doing this event for over 20yrs.

The young lady painting the game had asked for this game two years ago but things never worked out. Finally, through the generous donations of our local big box store and a paint supplier, we were able to build it. It took about 4 days to build and longer to design and draw in SketchUp.

The teens enjoyed it, but I think the adults liked it even more. I employed my fathers philosophy of ‘over-engineering’ so that it’ll last for a long time. He used to build all the props for the event but passed several years ago. I’ve gladly taken over his role in this rewarding ministry.

Thanks again Lumberjocks for your kind words…they are very much appreciated.

-- Anthonyhbm

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#9 posted 10-07-2015 07:26 PM

I love this. Great job.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 03-10-2017 05:21 PM

Anthonyhbm Thank you for this post. Can I ask what type of balls you used & if you have dementions I can use to try this?

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#11 posted 03-10-2017 09:48 PM

Hello Dsgnit8182, we chose to use 8.5-in diameter balls. We ordered them through one of our local schools. You can order them from a number of sources. Just search the internet for playground balls. is one option. Hope this helps.

-- Anthonyhbm

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#12 posted 03-10-2017 10:34 PM

very nice and keeps kids active …...GREAT JOB :<))


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