This classic game is even more fun when it’s homemade, so charge up your power drill, sharpen that saw and make this cool Off-Shore Battle game.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Tracing paper and tape
- Power drill
- Awl and hammer
- Anvil pruning shears
- Fine-tipped permanent marker
- Wood glue
- 3 10-inch-by-10-inch-by-3⁄4-inch boards
- 2 small wooden door knobs
- 4 hinges
- 1 latch
- Drill bit slightly larger than game pegs
- 1 package of wooden skewers
- Enough pine scraps to make the ships
- Red paint
WHAT YOU’LL DO
1. With lines spaced 3⁄4-inches apart, mark out a 7 1⁄2-by-7 1⁄2-inch grid on all three game boards. The center, vertical board has a grid with holes on both sides. The side boards have a grid only.
2. Tape tracing paper over your grid and draw diagonal lines as shown. Use an awl to punch starter holes for drilling.
3. Drill 1⁄4-inch-deep holes in the center of each square.
4. Use decals or a fine-tipped permanent marker to label the vertical squares A through J and the horizontal squares 1 through 10.
5. Attach the vertical board to the base with wood glue and screws.
6. After all the grids are complete and the holes are drilled, attach the knobs and give the boards an oil finish.
7. Put it all together using the 4 hinges.
1. Use the pruning shears to cut the skewers into 3⁄4-inch pegs. You’ll need at least 140 pegs.
2. Paint 40 of them red.
- Fashion 2 sets of 5 ships from scraps of pine.
- Drill the 1⁄4-inch-deep holes before cutting out the ships.
- Make 2 ships 3 3⁄4 inches long with 5 holes.
- Make 2 ships 3 inches long with 4 holes.
- Make 2 ships 2 1⁄4 inches long with 3 holes.
- Make 4 ships 1 1⁄2 inches long with 2 holes.
- Sand the ship bottoms smooth.
Get ship templates here:
- Ship templates (125kb PDF file)
- USS Dad stencil (117kb PDF file)
- Offshore battle stencil (118kb PDF file)
You can also make the ships from plastic clay.
HOW TO PLAY
Players place ships on the grids of their individual boards. One player calls out a coordinate on the grid. If it’s a hit, he goes again. A miss means it’s the other player’s turn. Red pegs are used to track hits and natural-colored pegs to track misses. Whoever sinks all their opponent’s ships first wins.