Washers Game

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Project by Quincey Gentry posted 07-18-2010 09:26 PM 2825 views 9 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had never heard of “Washers” before the Fourth of July, but I had so much fun playing it with my family that I decided to make my own!

Since this was new to me, I was very suprised to find so many websites devoted to the game. We did a little research to get the dimensions, but soon realized that there are several variations, and, therefore, several acceptable playing boards (square, octagon, rectangle…). I don’t guess that the dimensions make that much of a difference because I’m not using this to train for the Olympic gold. So, we settled on some averages and set out to have some fun!

My Dad helped me with the construction. We made it from scrap 3/4 inch plywood. The base is seventeen inches square and is bordered by two and a half inch strips. The center is made from a four inch pvc drain cap and stands a little over two inches tall. The only thing we had to buy were the two pvc caps and six two inch diameter washers. We painted the boxes and washers with spray paint (school colors).

Most of the stuff we found online was much deeper (2×4 sides and 3 1/2 deep pvc), but then you have to figure out how to secure the pvc to the board. I’m very satisfied with how this turned out.

To play: The boards are placed up to 25 feet apart. Each player gets three washers that they toss at the other players board. You get two points if you land your washer in the pvc cup or one point if it lands within the board. You play to 21 WITHOUT GOING OVER! If you cup the washer when you already have 20 points…you start over! Very fun!!! We are looking forward to making different boards for different variations (multiple cups…), but it has been such a great family game as it stands.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 11:26 PM

This looks like a lot of fun. I’m going to make one for our next family get together!

-- curious woodworker

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 11:36 PM

Welcome aboard.
I like your version, I need to make one of these as my yard offers no space for a horseshoe game.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 03:33 AM

Great idea, I never heard of this game before but I will be making the game for our family get togethers. Thanks for posting!

-- Joanne, New York,

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 07:47 PM

I made my washers set years ago but yours looks a whole lot better than mine ever did. Great job!

I’ve seen the bottoms filled with thick carpet (or even sand) to prevent the washers from bouncing out. Are you doing something similar?

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