How To Make a Ring Toss Game | DIY | Woodworking Project | Plans

Ring Toss Carnival Game Wood Working Project

Ring Toss Carnival Game Wood Working Project

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate

This woodworking project is based off of the classic carnival game ring toss. I have updated this game to fit within a wooden box. This provides you the ability to take and play the game anywhere. The Ring Toss game shown is made from 1/2in plywood. The plans however have been modified and adjusted to be built with 3/4in and some other minor adjustments have been made.

This is an Intermediate Woodworking Project

This project require you to have some familiarity with woodworking basics and have experience in working with different types of building techniques.

  • The box is built using only glue to join the wood together. This was a first for me. I used “Titebond Ultimate 3” to see if it stands up to their claim that it “provides a much stronger bond than the wood itself” No screws were used to hold this box together. I followed their application instructions and can confirm that the glue bond is solid and I am a believer in their product. Here is a link to the glue I used https://amzn.to/2XbC3MG

  • You can choose to glue your box like I did or follow the blueprints to a different technique of using dowel pins and glue to hold your box together. If you have any questions about this project please post a comment below.

This game is perfect for school carnivals, parties and tailgating. In order to make this vintage carnival game you will need the following:

Download the Ring Toss Game Plans

These plans provide you with all the information and details to make this classic ring toss carnival game.

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Materials

• 1 – 3/4 in. Birch Plywood (Furniture grade A or B, Common: 3/4 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft)

• 1 – 1/2 in. Birch Plywood (Furniture grade A or B, Common: 1/2 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft)

• 2 – 2 in. x 2 in. x 6 ft. Select Pine • 1 – 1/4 in. Dowel (Optional)

• 4 – 4 ft. x 1/2 in. Dowel

• 1 – Assorted 18 Gauge Brad Nails | https://amzn.to/2XnI2Ok (Optional)

• 1 Bottle – Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue | https://amzn.to/2Lrq3Q6

• 1 Pack – 220 Grit Sand Paper Sheets | https://amzn.to/2J5un5P

• 1 Pack – 220 Grit Sand Paper Disks (Optional) | https://amzn.to/309mvG3

• 1 Can – Clear Gloss Spray Paint | https://amzn.to/2Lyuusi

• 1 Can – 3M Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive | https://amzn.to/2XhZrbg

• 1 Pint – General Finishes DPO Water Based Dye (Orange) | https://amzn.to/302oyMj

• 1 Pint – General Finishes DPO Water Based Dye (Blue) | https://amzn.to/306BBMA

• 1 Pint – General Finishes DPO Water Based Dye (Empire Red) | https://amzn.to/307tQpS

• 1 Pint – General Finishes DPO Water Based Dye (Green) | https://amzn.to/2RRl9gh

• 1 Pint – General Finishes DPO Water Based Dye (Light Brown) | https://amzn.to/2RRT8p1

Tools

• Miter Saw | https://amzn.to/2XgnJCo

• Table Saw | https://amzn.to/2XfJliB

• Jig Saw | https://amzn.to/2XgMNt6

• Drill Kit | https://amzn.to/2FKP6tG

• Drill Press | https://amzn.to/2LE5Y94

• Fluted Drill Bits | https://amzn.to/2J6lSYi

• 24 in. Quick Grip Clamps (4 clamps) | https://amzn.to/2LrPlO2

• 40 in. Bessey REVOlution Parellel Clamp (4 clamps) | https://amzn.to/2XghYjj

• Nail Gun Kit | https://amzn.to/2LwpNzi (Optional)

• Air Compressor | https://amzn.to/2LyID95 (Optional)

• Orbital Sander | https://amzn.to/2LFAMqn (Optional)

• Dowel Jig kit | https://amzn.to/2FEuAee (Optional)

• Japanese Saw | https://amzn.to/3073Yu4 (Optional)


Hardware

• Hinge | https://amzn.to/2LriWHk

• Box Hinge | https://amzn.to/2FEjfej

• Table Lock Latch | https://amzn.to/2RFqmIb

• Carnival Rings | https://amzn.to/2Xxv9AR


Software

• Adobe Creative Cloud | https://amzn.to/2xpxKxM (Optional)

• SketchUp | www.sketchup.com (Optional)


Download the Ring Toss Game Plans

Instructions

Step 1

You can purchase 2x4ft sheets of plywood or a full 4x8 sheet. I used (4) 2x4 foot sheets to make this project. I only went with the smaller sheets because I didn’t want to fit a full sheet in my minivan. Be sure to download the plans to get all the cut dimensions you need to make this project.

cutting the wood out of half inch plywood for the ring toss game on my grizzly table saw

cutting the wood out of half inch plywood for the ring toss game on my grizzly table saw

Step 2

After you have cut everything be sure to sand the plywood and break all the edges. I used a 220 grit sand paper.

sanding and breaking the edges of the half inch plywood with sandpaper

sanding and breaking the edges of the half inch plywood with sandpaper

Step 3

Make sure you dry fit everything together to ensure you have the sides cut correctly. Once it is all set you are ready for the next step.

making a box for ring toss game half inch plywood on a work bench

making a box for ring toss game half inch plywood on a work bench

Step 4

Next I applied Titebond® 3 Ultimate wood glue on all the edges. I only used glue to hold this box together.

Titebond® glue on half inch plywood on a work bench

Titebond® glue on half inch plywood on a work bench

Step 5

Once I applied all the glue I used my true and faithful Irwin and Bessey clamps to hold everything together and let it dry over night.

Clamping half inch plywood for a ring toss game using Irwin and Bessey clamps on a work bench

Clamping half inch plywood for a ring toss game using Irwin and Bessey clamps on a work bench

Step 6

next I installed the side supports for the rails that will hold the pins for the ring toss game.

adding the supports to hold the ring toss rails in the ring toss box

adding the supports to hold the ring toss rails in the ring toss box

Step 7

I cut all the rails at the same time to ensure they were all the same length. I used one of my favorite tools in my shop my Bosch® Miter saw.

cutting the rails for the ring toss game using my Bosch Miter saw

cutting the rails for the ring toss game using my Bosch Miter saw

Step 8

After you cut all the rails you now need to drill the holes for the pins. You can use a drill press or a hand drill if you don’t have a drill press. Be sure to use a fluted drill bit.

drilling holes with a drill press for the ring toss dowels

drilling holes with a drill press for the ring toss dowels

Step 9

I used a General Finishes dye stain for my ring toss game. This gave me the vintage look I wanted.

applying a General Finishes dye stain to the dowels for the ring toss game in my garage

applying a General Finishes dye stain to the dowels for the ring toss game in my garage

Step 10

Let the dye dry over night

dye stained wooden dowels red green blue orange general finishes

dye stained wooden dowels red green blue orange general finishes

Step 11

After I dyed the dowels for the game I then stained the inside and outside of the box with a light brown color. This dye is water based and that was perfect for what I needed as I wanted to give this ring toss game a vintage look.

light brown dye general finishes dye stain to the inside of the box for the ring toss game

light brown dye general finishes dye stain to the inside of the box for the ring toss game

Step 12

Next I applied a clear coat over the outside and inside of the box. Rather than using spray polyurethane I simply just used a clear gloss spray. It is much cheaper and does almost the same thing.

applying a clear gloss spray paint over the ring toss box

applying a clear gloss spray paint over the ring toss box

Step 13

This was the step that scared me the most. I only had one shot at applying the graphic to the wooden top. I did not want to mess it up as it cost me $40 to have it printed at Kinko’s. I was able to tap into my illustration minor in college and had fun designing this graphic for this project. let me know in the comments if you would like me to make this graphic available to purchase as it is currently not available with the plans.

applying a ring toss graphic to wood in a work shop

applying a ring toss graphic to wood in a work shop

Step 14

This was one of the most rewarding parts of the build. Installing the box and back hinges. I could now see my game coming to life.

installing a toy box hinge for the lid of a ring toss game

installing a toy box hinge for the lid of a ring toss game

Step 15

Install the rails, pins and hardware and you are now ready to play ring toss.

vintage carnival ring toss game on my work bench

vintage carnival ring toss game on my work bench

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How to Make a Vintage Ring Toss Game | Wood Projects | Plans | DIY | Pinterest Pin

How to Make a Vintage Ring Toss Game | Wood Projects | Plans | DIY | Pinterest Pin