DIY: How to build and play your own Kubb set

Full kubb set // Photo by Aaron Ellringer

Full kubb set // Photo by Aaron Ellringer

Kubb Game Set

A full Kubb game set is comprised of 23 game pieces, all made of wood. According to international specifications the game pieces are as follows:

  • 10 Kubbs – 7 x 7 x 15 cm (approximately 2¾” x 2¾” x 6″)
  • 6 Batons – 30 cm long with a 4.4 cm diameter (approximately 12″ in length with a 1¾” diameter)
  • 1 King (decorative crown optional) – 8 x 8 x 25 cm (approximately 3¼” x 3¼” x 10″)
  • 6 Field Marking Stakes for each corner and to mark the center line of the 5 m x 8 m playing field

How to build your own Kubb Set

With the right tools, a little know-how, and just $50 in materials, you can build your own kubb set. The process is easy and only takes about 1–2 hours to complete depending on your skill level. Here is a list of building materials and tools you’ll need to complete the job:

Materials

  • One (1) 4″ x 4″ x 8′ timber cedar post
  • One (1) 72″ long x 1¾” diameter wood dowel, or two (2) 36″ long x 1¾” diameter wood dowels
  • One (1) 48″ long x ¾” diameter wood dowel

Tools

  • Table saw, or Circular saw fitted with a fence
  • Miter saw
  • Hand saw
  • Clamps
  • Combination Square
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil

Step by Step Process

1) Cut the King kubb from 4″ x 4″ post. Using your miter saw, cut a 10″ long section from the 4″ x 4″ post.

2) Rip the King kubb down to size. Adjust the blade of your table saw or circular saw to a height of at least 2¼”. On a table saw, set the fence to 3¼” (Remember that a saw blade is 1/8″ wide. Measurements should be made to the inside of the blade tip) and feed the King kubb through the saw. Flip the King kubb end over end to finish the cut. Repeat the process on the remaining 4″ side to bring the King kubb down to the 3¼” x 3¼” size.

With a circular saw affixed with a fence, set the fence to ¾” (fence measurements should be made from the fence to the outside of the blade tip). Clamp the post to your work surface and make your cut with the fence running along the side of the post. Flip the King kubb end over end to finish the cut. Repeat the process on the remaining 4″ side to bring the King kubb down to the 3¼” x 3¼” size.

3) Rip the remaining 4″ x 4″ post to 2¾” x 2¾”Keep the blade of your table saw or circular saw at a height of at least 2¼”. On a table saw, set the fence to 2¾” (Remember that a saw blade is 1/8″ wide. For table saws, fence measurements should be made from the fence to the inside of the blade tip) and run the post through the saw.

With a circular saw, set the fence to 1¼” (For circular saws, fence measurements should be made from the fence to the outside of the blade tip). Clamp the post to the work surface and rip the post with the fence running along the side.

For both types of saws, you will need to flip the post end over end to finish the cut. Repeat the process on the remaining 4″ side to bring the post down to the 2¾” x 2¾” size.

4) Cut your kubbs. Using your miter saw, cut ten (10) 6″ kubbs from your 2¾” x 2¾” post.

5) Cut your batons. Using your miter saw, cut six (6) 12″ batons from the 72″ x 1¾” dowel. When cutting your batons, make sure to cut to the inside of your 12″ mark to account for the 1/8″ saw blade.

6) Cut your field markers. Using your miter saw, cut six 8″ field markers from the 48″ x ¾” dowel. When cutting your markers, make sure to cut to the inside of your 8″ mark to account for the 1/8″ saw blade. Set your miter saw blade to 45° and cut one end of each marker to create a sharp end to drive into the ground.

7) Make teams, crack open a beer, and play Kubb. 


Optional Steps

Crown the King.

1) Along the top edge of the King kubb, make a mark at the center of each side (at 1-5/8″). Using the 45° angle on your combination square, make a line on each face of the upright King from the top corners inward and from the center marks outward. These lines will intersect to create ‘V’s that will be cut out to create the crown.

2) Clamp your King kubb to the work surface. Use your handsaw to create a kerf, or a notch, at corresponding corners of each ‘V’ and connect the notches with the saw blade. Follow your 45° line to the bottom of the ‘V’ and turn the King kubb a half turn to finish cutting each ‘V’ out. Turn the King kubb a quarter turn and repeat the process. This will create a 3-dimensional pyramid design on top of your King.

Sand your edges. Your freshly cut kubb set will many sharp edges. Save your hands from inevitable splinters, by lightly sanding down the edges of your kubbs with a piece of 80–100 grit coated abrasive (aka sandpaper).

Stain or Paint your game pieces. Customize your game set by staining or painting your game pieces.

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