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Making a Wahoo Board Game

“Can you make a Wahoo board for my parents?”  Probably, but what’s a Wahoo Board? 

That was the question and my answer to my latest commissioned piece.  Wahoo (also called Aggravation) is defined as follows from Wikipedea:

Wahoo is a cross and circle board game similar to Parchisi that involves moving a set number of marbles around the board, trying to get them into the safety zone. The game originated in the Appalachian hills. Most boards are used by four to six players. Wahoo has been a popular game for decades. Even today, custom-made boards proliferate on eBay and game manufacturer Parker Brothers has sold their own version of the game, under the title Aggravation, for decades

I started looking online for pictures and tried to find templates.  Luckily, they had one from a friend that I was able to use to base a template off of.  You can make these any size you want, but they wanted a 4 player version on a 24″ square, painted Dallas Cowboys Blue and Gray.  I think 18″x18″ would be a better size, but it matters not.

I was only able to have the original board in my possession for an hour, so I quickly marked down some measurements and spacing of the holes.  Then I had a brilliant idea!  I created a rubbing to give me an exact copy of the board.  I taped craft paper to the top with painters tape, and rubbed the top with a crayon.

I decided since I was making a painted piece that I would use MDF.  I have never used MDF before this project but I can see why some people like it.  I got a 4’x8″ sheet which is actually (49″x97″).  Cut it in half length-wise and then cut four slightly oversized 24″ squares that were later finished on the table saw.  The remaining 2’x8′ slab is going to be a new work bench top for the Modular Shop.

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This project was a great one to get to know my new plunge router.  Also, If I took the time to make a template then I could make more Wahoo Boards quickly and easily for my Etsy Store, Crafts Shows, Etc.  This was the right decision since the customer called wanting a second to give as a gift.

I hoped to make three boards and one template from my four MDF pieces.  But in the end I ended up with only two Wahoo Boards.  I laid out my grid on 1.5″ centers and drilled 1″ holes with a forstner bit.

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Once the template I made I used my new plunge router with a guide bushing and a 1/4″ inch upspiral bit.  I had to make two passes because the dust would clog up the hole.  This left me some odd shaped hole with just one pass.  So I would vacuum it out and repeat the cut.  This gave me a nice clean hole with a flat bottom.  Once the template was made it only takes about ten minutes to crank out a board.

I don’t know if I’m going to make more of these but it was completely worth the effort to make the template so I’ll keep it stored away for when I have the urge to make some more of these.

Here’s the finished boards


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