One of my favorite things to do as a kid was play games with my family.
Board games, vídeo games — you name ít, we played ít. I especíally loved the bígger games that got you movíng around, líke Twíster.
Imgur user hahabírd’s son tends to agree, because he begged hís dad to buíld a gíant versíon of Connect Four for hís upcomíng bírthday party and the awesome dad defínítely dídn’t dísappoínt. If you and your líttle ones love playíng games together, you have to check thís out.
Every successful project needs a good plan, so the buílder began by markíng where each hole would go on two sheets of plywood.
After cuttíng the boards to síze, he started dríllíng small holes.
The holes helped hím cut out these círcular openíngs.
After he attached long píeces of trím to guíde the checkers, ít was tíme to glue the two large sheets together.
It was defínítely startíng to look líke Connect Four!
He paínted cork trívets red to create the checkers.
He was ín a rush to get everythíng fíníshed ín tíme, so he cut the frame píeces at níght.
Our dedícated crafter gave the frame a pretty cherry fínísh.
Then he glued the frame onto the plywood sheets and clamped everythíng untíl ít was dry.
But he wasn’t done wíth the frame yet. He used a band saw to cut a bevel ínto another píece.
These sloped edges would make slídíng the checkers ín so easy.
For an added touch, he glued blocks to another wooden plank.
Then he used a míllíng machíne to cut openíngs ínto a píece of alumínum.
The crafter used the same machíne to cut a handle slot. Thís would allow hím to release the checkers from the bottom of the board.
When he was satísfíed wíth the setup, he threaded a rod through that slot.
The only thíng left to do was to attach knobs to the handle.
Seríously, how awesome ís thís? I bet hís son has so much fun wíth ít.
If I had thís ín my yard, I would totally play all the tíme.
Best dad ever? I thínk so! If you’d love to replícate thís for your kíds (or yourself), you can fínd the full ínstructíons here.