Overview

overview on how to build the ball-drop game of shishkaball
Photo: Douglas Adams
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Our giant version of the classic ball-drop game comprises three large pieces: a lid, a cylindrical wire cage, and a base with lumber legs. The doubled-up plywood rings that make up the base and lid consist of two rings of different sizes—a small one that nests snugly in the rim of the wire cylinder and a larger one that covers the top and bottom edge of the cylinder. To play, thread the plant stakes at odd angles through the middle of the cylinder, dump the balls in from the top, and see who has the magic touch needed to remove stakes without letting the balls slip through.

Cut List
• 2x4 legs: three at 9 inches
• Wire fencing: one length at 59"L x 48"H
• Bamboo stakes: 90 at 24 inches
½-inch plywood base ring (bottom): one at 7-inch interior radius and 9-inch exterior radius
½-inch plywood base ring (top): one at 7-inch interior radius and 10-inch exterior radius (with three dividers in center of ring)
½-inch plywood lid ring (bottom): one at 7-inch interior radius and 9-inch exterior radius
½-inch plywood lid ring (top): one at 7-inch interior radius and 10-inch exterior radius

Download rules and a scorecard for the game of shishkaball.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw fitted with scroll blade (for plywood) and aggressive blade (for lumber)
    • drill
      Drill driver fitted with -inch bit and ¼-inch bit
    • lineman's pliers
      Linesman pliers

    Shopping List

    ½-inch birch-veneer plywood

    2x4 for the legs

    4-foot welded-wire garden fencing

    2-foot bamboo plant stakes You'll need at least 90

    Plastic pit balls Get about 100

    220-grit sandpaper

    Stain-blocking white primer Spray paint in three colors

    -inch wood screws

    2 ½-inch trim-head screws

    Wood glue

    Wood filler

    Painter's tape