How to Build a Shishkaball Ball-Drop Game
TOH's Team Saturday shows you how to entertain friends with a yard-size version of this ball-drop game, made from wire fencing and plant stakes
The heyday of classic board games like Ker-Plunk and Jenga may be long gone, but you can re-create that heady feeling of pulling out a piece and waiting to see if everything comes crashing down. You can do it in a yard-size version that's sure to become the raucous centerpiece of any summer gathering. All you need is some wire fencing, lumber, plastic balls, plant stakes—and perhaps a dose of video instruction from Team Saturday. Once the pieces are assembled, invite your friends and neighbors over to get reacquainted with the heart-pounding fun of yore.
Overview to Build the Ball-drop Game of Shishkaball
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.
• 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