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Crokinole Board Game Plan
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Crokinole





The history of Crokinole is still debatable, according to The Online Guide To Traditional Games. But, I obviously believe it's truly Canadian, eh! And so does Mr. Crokinole, Wayne Kelly, author of The Crokinole Book.

We grew up with Crokinole at the Cottage, and still have the three original boards my Grandfather made of solid oak and white walnut. A couple of coats of floor wax each spring, keeps them smooth and fast.

This though, is a Junior Board, and is made of veneered pressboard for beginner woodworkers. The edge of the playing surface is covered in pine, iron-on veneer.

It is 3 inches smaller than the standard board, and uses 1 1/8" men. The scoring lines are etched into the board, permanently sealed under 5 coats of urethane. No need to mark the points on the board, as 5, 10, 15 and 20 are pretty easy to remember.

The pins are brass screws covered with surgical tubing. When I replaced the old, cracked black rubber sleeves on the original board with surgical tubing, it was a whole new game! There is some luck involved, but as in billiards, judging the angle and hitting a delicate shot, takes skill and practice.

Plans include detailed instructions, measured drawings, and
playing rules.

Dimensions: 28 1/8"W x 1 1/2"H

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Pinball Game Plan
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Pinball

This Canadian Home Workshop 1990 prize winning game is based upon my Grandfather's 80 year old Bagatelle game.

Updated to include movable flippers similar to those on today's electronic pinball games, judges found the design to be well designed and well-made.

The 3/4" wooden balls travel fast out of the slot and bounce off the surgical tubing on the pins. The flippers work together and can easily shoot the balls back up the board into the 100 point hole.

Plans include a materials list, instructions, dimensions, numbered diagrams, full size parts templates, and a distance layout chart for the the point holes and pins.


This game has provided us with lots of fun and is a real eye catcher in your games room.

DIMENSIONS: 18"W x 28"D x 2 3/4"H

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Bagatelle Board Game Plan
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Bagatelle

The original Children's Bagatelle game shown here, was made by my Grandfather some 80 years ago. Like my Mother and Uncles did back then, my Great Niece plays with this old game at the cottage, every time she visits.
This is the game that inspired me to design the Pinball game in 1990, but since Children's Bagatelle is timeless, I made this one for my Great Niece for Christmas, and pass the plans on to you.
All dimensions are the same, but I added a few new features. The original game must have had an angled block underneath, due to the fade mark and nail holes. This would have raised the top off the table to give the board the correct slope. Since I wanted to have the new game hung on the wall, it has
legs at the top corners that fit flush into the back. I also added a groove for the balls to rest in, when hung on the wall.
The original games had a cue for pushing the balls. I'm not sure if our original game had a cue, but I designed one for these plans, that works well. It also fits
snug into the ball channel, holding them in place while hung on the wall.
If you click on the Online Guide To Traditional Games, at the bottom of this page, it will give more history on Bagatelle.
A great, simple game for children, as it requires no skill. The ball bearings really bounce off the brass nails, and make a pleasant "ping" sound. Pure luck will get the highest scores
Plans include parts list and sizes, complete measured drawings for construction, and measurement charts for nails and holes. You will need a table saw, mitre saw or box, frame clamp, sabre saw or band saw, and drill.

Dimensions:16 1/4"W x 31"L x 1 1/4"H (41.27cm x 78.74cm x 3.18cm)

 

As can be seen in this 1886 picture from the Billiard Archive (Pittsburgh, Pa.), smaller table-top versions of bagatelle were produced in the late 19th century. To increase the challange for the player on this smaller table, nails were added as barriers around the target holes. Then, instead of sticks to propel the balls (also reduced in size), a spring loaded plunger was added. Table-top bagatelle games of this type became popular children's games. Eventually these table top games evolved, and with the addition of mechanical devices (and legs) by the 1920s, became the modern Pinball Machine.

(from The Museum & Archive Of Games, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

 

The Online Guide to Traditional Games



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Racketeer Game Plan
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Racketeer

My Father built his "Racketeer" game more than 60 years ago. Similar to the British game Skittles & tops, his version was much larger and had 6 more pins to knock down in the center areas. The smaller size and the density of the woods that I have used actually intensifies the top's actions, speed, and duration of spin. This plan won the 1991 toy contest in Canadian Home Workshop magazine.
There are 3 different pin sizes with accompanying point structures. The top can pass over the shorter mahogany pins, worth 10 points, and will actually travel through the port holes to the other pins. The corner Kingwood pins are worth 25 points, and the "Kingpin" made of Cocobolo, is worth 50 points....and it is possible to knock it down.
There is no skill involved, just luck. The harder you pull the string through the "holster", the longer the top will run....but may, or may not knock down more pins!
This great family game can be made as designed, or with other hardwoods and joinery, and with store bought miniature bowling pin
BP-300. The top can also be made with a solid wooden wheel toy wheels and dowel.

DIMENSIONS: 17 14"W x 35 3/4"D x 4 3/4"H

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Q: Will the drawings print clearly using my printer?
A: Yes. They should print fine using most dot matrix, inkjet, and laser printers.

Q: Can I use the downloadable offline?
A: Yes. The file is downloaded onto your hard drive or floppy disk to be printed and used whenever or as many times as you like.

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A: If there is more than one PDF file contained in the plan than we have combined them into one zip file for downloading. If you do not already have a zip program just click on the following from the creators of the ZIP file format 
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A: No, Barley Harvest Plans offered on this site are only available as downloads.