How to Build a 3 Hole Washer Game

By Alan Kirk

The 3 hole washer toss game is a popular outdoor game for cookouts, tailgating, family reunions, and other outdoor parties. The 3 hole washer toss game can be purchased online or at stores for over $50. You can make your own version of this game for a lot less money, though. All you need are some basic tools, space to lay out your game boards and assemble them, and a couple hours to complete the task.

Cut the piece of playwood in half lengthwise. This will result in your having two pieces of plywood that are each 1-foot wide, four feet long, and one half inch thick.

Make three marks in the center of each piece of plywood. The first mark should be 5 and 3/8-inches from the top of the board. The next one should be 13 and 5/8-inches from the top of the board, and the third should be 21 and 7/8-inches from the top of the board. These three marks will be the center of the three holes on each piece of plywood.

Trace three circles each having a 4 and 3/4-inch diameter on each piece of wood, using your marks as the center of these holes, cut the holes out of the plywood.

Cut each two-by-two in half. Take four of these pieces and place them on top of the pieces of plywood forming a frame down the lengthwise side of each piece of plywood. Attach these two-by-two's to the playwood using the wood glue. Cut four sections of two-by-two from the remaining two-by-twos that measures 8-inches each. Place each of these pieces at the end of the frames. Glue these into place as well.

Cut three more pieces from the remaining two-by-two's, once again measuring eight inches each. Glue these perpendicular to the pieces forming the lengthwise edges of the frame. They should be glued between each of the top two circles of the playing board, and then a final one below the third hole. These are supports for the playing board as people will stand on the washer boards when playing.

Wait for the glue to dry. At that point use the wood screws to secure the small cross pieces and end pieces to the long frame pieces. Use one screw on each side of the frame for each support piece, totalling ten screws per gameboard.

Turn the gameboard so the plywood is face up for each gameboard. Attach four more screws on each game board, one at each corner to add support for the glue.

Remove any saw dust and excess glue with a damp cloth. Your 3 hole washer game is now ready for play.

Tip

You can adjust the size of the holes to increase or reduce the level of difficulty for your own washer toss game.

Warning

It is possible to create a 3 hole washer game without using the screws, but the stability of the playing board will be greatly reduced when someone stands on it if you do not use the screws.

About the Author

Alan Kirk has been writing for online publications since 2006. He has more than 15 years' experience in catering, management and government relations. Kirk has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Maryland.