Today I am sharing a project I have done through my company for one of my biggest accounts.
I had picked up a few of these for a friend last month, and they were a hit!
The person for whom I got them, loved them so much that she asked me to see if the original maker was interested in making some for her gift shop. Turns out, that the person who made the ones I bought was not interested in making more to sell, so I blurted out "I could TOTALLY make those...they would be simple to do" ...and here we are!
It's camping, lake, cabin- well OUTDOOR season here in Canada, and that means we need to have things that are durable and can be left outside, even when it's windy or wet. We love to sit around and relax and hang out on our beautifully decorated decks ...so why not have something to do?
If you have ever been out to eat with a kid, and the server brings the placemat with all the games on it, you know there will be a game of tic tac toe on there somewhere and it will FOR SURE get played...WHO DOESN'T like to enjoy a quick game every now and then?
Well...now some lucky customers are going to have a rustic wooden version of tic tac toe to play while they hang out in the great outdoors! What a fabulous way to get us to put our phones down and do something with ourselves once and a while!
I started out with a 4x4 post, and some scraps of fence/deck board. I measured the width of the deck board, and used that number to determine the size of the 4x4 blocks I would cut.
I cut 9 blocks and put them in a square. 3blocks X 3blocks.
I then measured the width of the blocks from both directions to be sure that they could be placed in any order, I added 1/2 inch to that number and cut two pieces of the fence board to size. I then added the depth of the fence board to my measurement of the blocks and cut two more pieces to create the sides of the box. I screwed them all together in the shape of a square and made sure it fit around the blocks.
I then cut two more pieces of deck board to create the bottom of the box and attached them to the square.
After I was sure everything fit into the box, I proceeded to add a bit of stain to the cut ends of the wood to make it all look nice.
I then added an "X" and an "O" to the ends of each block. (each block got an X and an O)
This project was SO easy to do too! Anyone could do it! The hardest part of this project for me was not making them PERFECT. They are supposed to look rustic and kind of primitive. I had to keep reminding myself that a few flaws are important to complete the look!
Where would you put one? I think I might need to make one for our family- just so that we have one around for the grandkid(s) to play with when they visit, or for us to enjoy when we have a minute!!
I have several more sets in various colours to do up for my customer...and she anticipates that they will fly off the shelves in her gift shop!
Have I inspired you to try to make a set? If so, I'd love to see photos of your version! Snap a picture and send it along!
That's it for me today! I'm off to finish building and then clean up the gigantic mess I've made in my garage.
Until Next Time...Happy Building!
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