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Marble Game Board

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marble_game_board_completed_FI’ve wanted to make a game board of some sort for a while now, but I wasn’t really sure where to start.  I made a cube in a cube awhile back, it wasn’t really a game, more of a puzzler but it was a lot of fun.  This time I wanted to make something that I could play with my kids around the table.  So I decided to make a marble game board.  Why..? Well, because it’s fun.  I used an old marble game board as a template and then used my plunge router with a guide bushing, and 3/8″ Core Box router bit.  I suppose if I had a larger drill press I could have just used that, but the plunge router worked out.

As always I will put links to some of the things I used at the end of post.  Also check out “my attempt” at putting a video together on how to make this.  If you make one of these be sure to post it over on the WoodLogger Facebook Page.  I’d love to see how yours turns out.



Not a lot for this one.  I actually had a scrap board that was edge glued up.  If I was making one from scratch I would have used simple pine and cut it to length and edge glue it up.

  • (1)  3/4″ x 6″ x 6′ Pine Board (cut down and edge glued to width)

Milling & Assembly

Marble Game Board Router SetupFor the board I used a plunge router with a 3/8″ core box router bit.  I used a guide bushing attached to my router base plate.
 Marble Game Board TemplateFor the lumber I was able to use a scrap piece of edge glued board.  I used 3/4″ thick board as that is what I had.  I think 1/2″ would have been a good fit for this as well.
Marble Game Board RoutingI used my plunge router with my template and make quick work of all the holes needed for my game board.  I set my depth to approx. 1/4″ in-depth
Marble Game Board SandingAfter all of my holes were completed on my board, I sanded my game board using a 100 and 150 grit sand paper.
Aggravation Board GameHere is the completed board.  The whole project took only about 1-2 hours to complete.


To finish this, I sanded the board down using 100, and 150 grit paper.  Then I sprayed it with a basic lacquer.  I’ll also paint this with some basic colors that match up to the marble colors.  This should give the board more character and add to the enjoyment of the game.


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  1. The el cheapo cardboard game like Daris used makes a great template. Most are about 15″ by 15″. Also do the same for chinese checkers – just by a cheap cardboard one for your template.To make a 4-player version of Wahoo, a very simple method is to draw a 1″ by 1″ grid on the board and just make your holes at the correct intersections of the grid.

  2. I have seen a few things I would like to try my hand at. My dad and his dad were wood workers, along with many of his brothers and sisters. There are 5 scribblings in our immediate family, With 3 of us liking to do this, I will give them your address and let them check you out for projects. Thanks. Dr. Hope Nd, ;Lmt, and Rpm1.

  3. I would like to know where I could purchase on of these boards, we have played this game since I was very young and our cardboard board is wearing thin. Any information would be much appreciated, Live in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

  4. What size guide bushing did you use as the bit is 3/8 the same size as the holes in the aggravation board but the bushing has to be bigger than the bit so how did you get the guide to fit the holes

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