This post is sponsored by The Home Depot
It’s Monday Fun Day! Today, myself, and 9 other very talented bloggers are going to be showcasing some of the ways in which you can put your own creative personal touch on your Bottle Opener Game. Last week, I announced that I’ve teamed up with The Home Depot once again to tell you all about its DIY Workshops. Last time it was all about the ladies with the Do-It-Herself (DIH) Workshop, where you learned how to make your own Vertical Succulent Garden. Well this time, in honor of Dad and Father’s Day, The Home Depot is hosting a DIY Workshop in which you can learn to make a Bottle Opener Game that’s perfect to give dad as a gift. Or you can consider my personal favorite, signing up yourself and Dad for the workshop, spend some quality time with dad this Father’s Day.
OK Let’s Get this Party Started! Game On!
I opted to make my bottle opener game a little bigger. I cut a 2×4 plywood sheet down to 2’x 16 in. Then I marked the area in which I would layout the nail pattern for my bottle caps to fall. This area was 13 in.
Using a Steel Framing Square I marked out the lines for the nail pattern. I did 7 rows, starting with 6 marks for nails (or pegs in my case) on top row and 7 on the 2nd. So every other row continued in this pattern of 6 then 7. I marked out my rows and drill points in pencil, evenly spacing the drill points by 2 in.
Once my pattern was outlined I started drilling into the base of the game. So like I mentioned earlier. I replaced the nails with 3- 5/16 round wooden dowels cut to 1 7/8 in. (About 41 pieces).
Each wooden dowel would be inserted about 1/4in. deep into the plywood base. I used a 5/16 drill bit and marked with a permanent marker an indicator line that was 1/4in. from the tip of the drill bit. This ensured I wouldn’t drill completely through the plywood.
So here is where I changed it up a bit. So my dad and my uncles all LOVE…. I mean LOVVVVVEEEEE the Dallas Cowboys. So I decided better way to customize my game than to give it a Dallas Cowboys Theme. It would look great in my Uncle Rodney’s Blue Room. (Yes, he is that much of a fanatic. )
So I made stencils using vinyl. I prefer using vinyl over the normal stencil materials because it gives a more crisp paint line and I have tons of vinyl LOL. And my motto is, use what you’ve got and make it work.
Once the base was painted I glued the pegs to the base and painted the tip of the peg in 3 Dallas Cowboys’ colors. And by the way, did you know that you can find the official paint colors of the NFL in your paint section at The Home Depot?! I know, Mind Blowing!
So while the paint dried I cut the plexi for the game – 16 1/2 x 13in. For the sides of the game I used 1x3x8 board.
I decided to 45 degree miter cuts for the sides of the game.
Here’s a Tip: Painter’s tape works great when holding together mitered while you glue and nail them together.
And for the plexi-glass I routed slot to slide the two sides of the plexi glass, creating a clean finish. I didn’t want to use nails so this was the best solution for me.
And I have to admit I was so happy with how the game turned out “Touch Down”!
Want to know the complete details on how to make your own Bottle Opener Game? Sign up for a workshop near you. You do not want to miss it. Bond with Dad and learn how to a Bottle Opener Game of your own.
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