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DIY Shishkaball Ball Drop Game

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Whether it’s a kids’ birthday party or a gathering of adults, this Shishkaball Ball Drop Game gets everyone involved in the fun!

How to Make a Life-Size Ball-Drop Game

  1. Use your tape measure and square to measure out the following sizes of wood:

    • (2) pieces of 2x4’, 18” long for the base
    • (2) pieces of 2x4’, 21” long for the base
    • (4) pieces of 2x4’, 14” long for the legs
    • (4) pieces of 2x2, 9” long to support the cage
    • (1) piece of Caging, 18” long x 58” tall

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  2. Use your BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* 5-1/2 in. Circular Saw to cut your pieces of wood and your wire snips to cut your caging.

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  3. Use your BLACK+DECKER MOUSE® Detail Sander to remove any sharp edges.

    TIP: For a smooth finish, start with 80-grit sandpaper, then sand each piece with 120-grit sandpaper, and then finish by using 220-grit sandpaper.

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  4. Attach the 18” and 21” long pieces of 2x4’ by screwing a deck screw through the longer piece into the shorter piece.

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  5. Attach the legs by screwing the 14” long pieces of 2x4’ flush to the top and on the inside of the 18” long pieces. To make sure the legs are secure, use 3 deck screws on each leg.

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  6. To create a ledge for the cage to sit on, attach the 9” long pieces of 2x2’ on the inside of each piece of the frame. Use 2 deck screws for each piece.

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  7. Roll your caging into a cylinder approximately 18” in diameter and zip tie the cage together. Make sure you fold down any jagged edges at the top of the cage.

    TIP: Before zip-tying the cage together, place into the frame to make sure it fits. Adjust as necessary.

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  8. To attach the cage to the frame, first drill a 1/2” hole on the outside of each piece of the frame. The holes should be located halfway length wise and 1” from the top.

    Then, place the cage inside the frame, resting on the pieces of 2x2’.

    On each side of the frame, insert a carriage bolt through your 1/2” hole and into the cage. Tap the bolt into place with your hammer, slide the fender washer over the bolt, and then tighten the wing nut.

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    Depending on what type of screw you're using, pilot holes should be just slightly smaller than the screw.

    The idea is to allow the hole to be big enough for the screw to pass through without splitting the wood, but at the same time, small enough so that the threads grip firmly.

  9. Form Base

    Slide the sticks through the cage in a random pattern to form a base for the balls. Then, add the plastic balls.

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  10. Remove Stick to Play

    Take turns removing one of the sticks at a time. Don’t be the one to let all of the balls fall out of the bottom!

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