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Wahoo (aggravation) Board Game

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Project by ncc123 posted 11-04-2013 05:10 PM 3674 views 3 times favorited 5 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 11-04-2013 05:36 PM

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 11-05-2013 04:28 AM

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 12-24-2013 12:01 AM

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 12-24-2013 12:02 AM

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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Vaul

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 04:21 AM

Thank you for posting this. That’s a nice board. I was just searching on how I could make my own board and get cleaner rounded holes, and that router bit is the best option I’ve seen so far. All the other boards look like they’re just drilled with a standard metal cutting bit, and the holes are more conical than round.

-- Jon (aka. Vaul)

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