In the last year or so, my family discovered the wonderful game of farkle. I don’t know if you’ve ever played it, but it is one heck of a good time when everyone gets into it! Add a few drinks and things really get out of hand 😉
Since we’ve been enjoying it so much, I thought it’d be neat to make a set of giant dice to play with in the living room or yard! The good news is that farkle takes 6 dice. So if you want to use the dice for other games (yardzee, anyone??), you’re good to go!
This really is a super simple project, but I will warn that it’s somewhat time consuming. Multiplying everything by 6 (or however many dice you’re making) really starts to add up!
- Miter Saw
- ½” Forstner Bit
- Tape Measure
1 | 4×4 – 6ft (you’ll have a lot of extra)
6 | 4×4 @ 3 ½” (I made 6, but cut as many dice as you want at 3 ½”)
Cut your 4 x 4 at 3 ½” intervals to make the dice cubes. Make sure everything is squared before you cut so the dice will roll correctly. As always: measure twice, cut once.
Mark the location for the dots on each dice. It took me quite a while to finish all 6 dice here … it’s a lot of dots and I was basically seeing spots by the end of this extravaganza 😉 The easiest way I could come up with to make sure all the dots were spaced and positioned appropriately was to draw a grid all the way around the dice in all directions:
Space the lines 7/8” apart both horizontally and vertically. Make sure to use a pencil and fairly light touch so you’ll be able to sand out the markings later. Once you finish the grid, mark the location for each dot, as shown in the dice pattern:
Using a ½ ” forstner bit, drill out your marked dots on all sides of the dice. I drilled about ¼ “ deep for each mark, which stands out very nicely.
Sanding!!! Who doesn’t love a good sanding … make those dice as smooth as a baby’s bottom 🙂 As you work around the dice, remove any pencil marks and round down the edges/corners of each dice. Some of those corners are pretty sharp after sawing, and that would just be no fun to play with!
Fill in the dice dots with black paint. Originally, I wanted to do some wood burning here and burn each of the dots. But alas, I didn’t have a wood burner and all my attempts at jerry-rigging just weren’t turning out. If you have a wood burner, or can think of some clever way to burn each mark, go for it! I decided paint was the easiest way to go and would still look nice. This step is completely designer’s choice 🙂
Once the paint is dry, stain and polyurethane the dice to protect against weather and moisture (if you’re going to be using them in the yard). I used Miniwax Natural stain and Miniwax Clear Semi-Gloss polyurethane.
Let me know if you have any questions! I would love to hear from you 🙂