Board games are making a comeback as an alternative form of entertainment to digital devices such as smartphones and computers. Even a game as simple as Tic-Tac-Toe can be both captivating and fun as it encourages interactivity with your opponent. This week’s Alternative Tuesday segment from the Acutabove Woodworking channel is a project to create a magnetized game of Tic-Tac-Toe that is small and portable - allowing you to bring it along for those long (or short) car rides, friendly visits, or spontaneous parties.
For those of you that have never played this game - don’t be shy. It’s really quick and easy to learn! The game is played on a 3x3 board where each position on the board can be filled with a game piece. Pieces are commonly X’s or O’s, though this can be changed to whatever you wish. The aim of the game is to form a line of 3 of your game pieces before your opponent – either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally – at which point you are crowned the winner. While there are a finite number of moves available, one slip up can win or lose you the game, so don’t let your concentration slip!
In this video, Ken uses a table saw, drill press, chisel, square, scroll saw, glue, and an X-Acto knife. To magnetize the game, Ken uses nine 1/2” dia. rare-earth magnets on the board, while using nine flat washers on the pieces (one/pc). Both the rare-earth magnets and flat washers are very common and are carried by pretty much every major retailer. This helps prevent parts from spilling all over the place and allows for easy storage.
This is an awesome project to do with a little one as once the game is made, they can get endless hours of entertainment from it. Be sure to check this channel out regularly for episodes using Plasti-Block™ plastics and get inspired by Ken’s creativity!
Upcoming Plasti-Block™ Themed Episodes
Nov 13 - Pie Lifter
Nov 20 - Making an Egg Cup
Background The ‘Alternative Tuesday’ segment is a twist and exciting addition to the Acutabove Woodworking channel that was previously dedicated to woodworking. We are excited - along with Ken - to show the benefits of working with plastics. Plasti-Block™ materials offer rich and vibrant colors that will not chip or fade quickly, are resistant to water and many chemicals, and enable you to build projects that are not very practical with wood or other materials. Kennyearrings1 has many creative and inspiring ideas and will show you how to make a variety of your own personalized items such as kitchenware, keepsakes, and many more.