Overview

overview on how to build to kubb or viking chess
Photo: Douglas Adams
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The king and kubb pieces all can be cut from a 4x4, but before you unleash a Scandinavian fist-pump, you should know that the project will be a little more involved than sawing off a post. While the king retains his appropriately portly 4x4 girth, the smaller kubb pieces need to be ripped down to 2¾ inches, making them suitably easy to knock over. Once you size the pieces, you'll cut decorative grooves with a handsaw, and notch the top of the king to create a crown. All the better to recognize him, so you don't accidentally bring him down until you've toppled all the kubbs. Long live the king.

Cut List
• 4x4 king: one at 12 inches
• 2¾ x 2¾ kubbs: ten at 6 inches
¾-inch dowels: four at 12 inches (to the long point)
• 1¼-inch dowels: six at 12 inches

Download rules and a scorecard for the game of kubb.
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    Shopping List

    4x4 for the game pieces. Get one 8-foot length.

    ¾-inch dowels for the stakes. Get 4 feet. 1¼-inch dowels for the batons. Get 6 feet.

    Water-based wood stain in two colors