So my daughter and I were eating supper at Cracker Barrel, and Steph grabs the peg board game. We both became enraptured with solving the puzzle. And finally–in spite of our brain-dead state–she figured out the combination of moves that left one peg standing. Fortunately, enough brain cells were firing, and I had my vision of the 30-06 Board Game, pictured above.
This craft will make a great gift for those hunting or shooting enthusiasts in your life. What a great way to recycle some used 30-06 shell casings (unless you had planned to reload them). And, it’s so easy to make.
What you will need:
Wood of your choice (I used pine)
Drill – preferably a drill press, but that’s optional
Drill bit – 23/64
Danish Oil to finish the wood
Sander and/or sandpaper
Spent 30-06 shell casings
Note – adult supervision required as the 30-06 shell casings could pose a choking hazard.
Step 1 – Find the right drill bit to make holes big enough (but not too big) to accept the neck portion of the 30-06 shell. Drill some test holes to discover the correct bit size. For the 30-06 shell I used a 23/64 size bit.
Step 2 – Lay out the triangular grid of holes, using a ruler and a pencil. For my puzzle, each hole is 1 inch center to center.
Step 3 – Using a piece of waste wood, experiment with the depth setting on the drill press. You don’t have to drill all the way through the wood. Drill a deep enough hole so that the shoulder of the shell casing will rest on top of the wood. Carefully, drill the 15 holes according to the markings.
Step 4 – Use your electric sander or sand the wood by hand.
Step 5 – You can finish the wood with paint or stain. I went an easier route and used Danish Oil.
Step 6 – Take a clean cloth and polish your 30-06 casings. I had on hand some Brasso polishing compound for brass.
Step 7 – Insert your clean shell casings into your new 30-06 Board Game. Have fun trying to figure out the solution. If you get desperate, you can click here to see how my daughter solved the puzzle.
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