Kubb Set

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Project by justinwdemoss posted 12-07-2010 11:07 PM 6156 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Kubb is a Northern European lawn game that has its roots going back to the Viking era. The plans for the set came from an issue of WOOD magazine, but I took the liberty of adjusting the dimensions and design to fit my stock availability. The beauty of this project is that it allows you to utilize all that hardwood scrap that piles up in the form of shorts in your shop. There are several designs commercially made, but the octagonal shapes of the pieces really work well for play and in construction.

I usually use laminates to get the 3×3 kubbs and the casting pins, but in this case, I had 2 to 2 1/2 inch osage stock. My neighbor is an urban forester and brings me all kinds of cast off from their harvesting. This set is Osage for the hammer and casting pins, red oak for the kubbs and kings crown, ash for the kings base, maple for the corner markers and the hammer handle. The hardwood gives the set the heft to really toss.

This is my third set to have constructed. The first, the test case, is in use in my yard. The second went to a charity auction, and this one is a commissioned job. (Actually, by the mother-in-law of my forester neighbor, so don’t tell.)

The finish on this set is something new to me. The local woodworking store had a great selection of finishing options available, but this set has great wood, needs durability, and UV protection (I want to try to keep that Osage as yellow as possible for as long as possible.). The owner of the woodworking shop introduced me to oil paint base. Thinned and then applied very lightly, it gives a clear coating and as much protection as paint.

WARNING – this will not deepen the color of the wood AND if placed on too heavily will turn a milky white color and ruin the finish

As you can see, the results for this project are great!

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 12:33 AM

A fun game for sure, here is a link to the rules.
The mallet is a nice addition to pound in the stakes.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 12:53 AM

This is great! I love it.
Look at the price of this set from ash wood. Building it yourself saves a bit.

Thanks for sharing!



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#3 posted 12-08-2010 03:10 AM

Never heard of it before. Nice work though. I read the game rules from your link, very interesting

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 06:25 AM

That is the fanciest kubb set I have ever seen. Almost too nice to throw around the backyard.

-- Steopa

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 06:35 PM

I’ve played this once, and forgot the name, so I could never look up how to get/make a set! Thanks for posting – now I am going to kill two kings with one pins (use scrap, and make a fun game!)

-- Pete

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