by Dremel ®
Let's Get Started
To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.
To get started you'll need to cut your wooden dowel stakes. Here you can cut as many as you'd like at varying heights. If you're following our game set-up we recommend you cut: • 1 - 26" (three point) • 2 - 22" (two points) • 3 - 18" (one point) Measure and mark your cuts. Secure your dowel rods in a vice or hold them firmly against a lip on your workspace. We created a lip by clamping a scrap piece of 2x4 to our workbench. Using your Dremel Saw-Max fit with a SM500 wheel, cut along your marked line. The Saw-Max tool has a depth of cut at 3/4" so you may need to rotate the dowel slightly towards you as you complete each cut.
Once your dowels are cut to length, make them easier to drive into the ground by making a point at one end. While still holding your dowel firm, angle the Saw-Max tool to create a stake-style about 1/2" from the bottom of one end, and complete two quick angled cuts on each side of that end of the dowel.
Next, use masking tape to mark off the area of your dowels you'd like to paint. The paint color of each dowel will signify the number of points they are worth. We used the following color-point system: • 1 - 26" (three point): red • 2 - 22" (two points): white • 3 - 18" (one point): blue
Now it is time to create your rings. First, paint your dowel-stands that will string onto your rings. We used a total of 36 dowel-stands for our game, 18 painted red and 18 painted blue for each team.
While your dowel-stands are drying, begin cutting your pieces of rope. You'll need to cut a total of 6 pieces to a length of 18" each.
Once your dowel-stands have dried, string 3 groups of 2 like-colored stands onto each thread. Adding the dowel-stands not only allows you to quickly identify teams by color but also reinforces the rings, making them a bit heavier and easier to toss. Secure each group of two dowel-stands together and secure them evenly around the ring with a dab of hot glue. Finally, secure the ring ends together with some hot glue and you're new favorite family game is complete!