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Wahoo (aggravation) Board Game

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Project by ncc123 posted 269 days ago 3144 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My in-laws are crazy about games, any kind of game. Last winter I was introduced to what they simply called “the board game”, which turned out to be Wahoo, or Aggravation as most know it. I was hooked immediately. The board they used was an old sheet of T1-11 siding with holes drilled through it. Simple, but effective. That is the great thing about his game, you can play it on just about anything.

I decided that it would be a great project for me and an even better gift for the in-laws, so I did a ton of research here on lumberjocks and other sites. I made a template out of 1/4 mdf. This was the most time consuming part. After drawing out the hole locations with a drafter’s square and protractor, I drilled out holes with a spade bit. I originally thought a forstner bit was the right tool, but quickly changed my mind. The spade bit made much quicker work of it, and I didn’t really need to worry about tear out because it is only a template. The holes are 3/4” in diameter. After gluing up, cutting to size, and sanding the poplar game surface, I attached the template with 2 sided turners tape. I used a template guide in my plunge router with an outside diameter of 3/4” and a 1/2” round nose bit to cut the dimples into the playing surface. After removing the template, I ran the edges through the table router with a round over bit on both sides. After sanding the board to 220, it is ready for finishing. I’m leaning towards a tung oil finish, but haven’t made a final decision yet.

The best part, now that my template is done, completing more boards will be a cinch. I even made a six sided template as well. Hope the in-laws will like it as much as I do.





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birchbranch

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#1 posted 269 days ago

Nice game board. This brought back memories of working for Lakeside Games 35 years ago, where we manufactured the game Aggravation. Two coworkers and I played this game every lunch hour for three or four years. It’s nice to know it’s still popular. Thanks for posting.

-- John B.

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Robsshop

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#2 posted 268 days ago

We must be connected in someway ! I just got done posting my version of the aggravation board game and then took a look at the latest project postings only to come across yours ! Too funny! Anyway, nice job on your board and I see you chose to use a router and template to create the holes and pattern. I contemplated doing the same but in the end I went with a template and drill press with a carbide fostner bit. I found the hardest part of making these boards was painting the holes all the different colors, I drilled my holes 3/4” and discovered that penny’s fit exactly . So I now spray paint the penny’s and glue them in ! Much easier! I am sure your In-Laws will enjoy the gift and once again, nice work, thanks for sharing…...........ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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tglenn1964

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#3 posted 220 days ago

Does anyone have the template for the six person. MY mother is very sick and I am trying to make one last minute. She grew up playing and we wanted to make one for Christsmas?

Thank You!

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tglenn1964

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#4 posted 220 days ago

Does anyone have the template for the six person. MY mother is very sick and I am trying to make one last minute. She grew up playing and we wanted to make one for Christsmas?

Thank You!

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