This “How to make a Plinko board” was a fun project idea from my friend Lynn.  She is the head of her school’s PTA, and/or planning committee and she wanted to build some fun games for an upcoming school carnival/ school fair.

Lynn accumulated the supplies for the game from different “how to make a plinko board” plans she’d seen on Pinterest and invited me over to see if we could put something together.

We changed a few things up and I think we’ve come up with the easiest way to make a giant Plinko board in the least amount of time.

How to make a Plinko board

You will need:

(click links for my recommendations – note: I was provided a Bladerunner by Rockwell Tools, but my recommendation is honest and sincere).

First up, you’ll want to build the frame to hold your pegboard sheet;

cut two of your 1 x 2″ to 48″ long and then cut another piece at 24″.

Pre-drill, wood glue and then screw these three pieces together in a “U” shape – the small piece in between the two longer ones.

How to make a Plinko board

Cut another three pieces of 1×2″ at 25″ long each.  These are going to be attached to the back of your U-shape to keep your frame sturdy and your boards from sagging.

How to make a Plinko board

How to make a Plinko board

Next, you’ll slide in your 1/4″ mdf board (without the peg holes) into your U frame and on top of the back boards.  Nail these into place from the front of the MDF board into the back cross-frame boards.

Slide your pegboard in on top of the MDf and nail in place again.

You’ll want to figure out the spacing for your bottom slots and it’s going to depend on what you are using to “plink” – checkers, quarters or washers will all work – you could even use golf balls if you are planning on using a plexiglass cover over top of your board.

How to make a Plinko board

The centre section is the most difficult to land in – so the prize/points there should be the greatest and you may want to make that section the smallest.

How to make a Plinko board

*I have been corrected by readers who have said that the bottom board should actually be 24″ and not 23 1/2″.

Cut your paint sticks down to 3″ long and glue them to the base of the frame and to the pegboard.  Use any leftover 1×2 wood to lay across the top and then clamp it down to make sure your sticks adhere well.

How to make a Plinko board

I’m showing the next step above, but really now’s the time to cut your dowels to size.  For our board, Lynn figured that she wanted the pegs in every-other-hole horizontally and in every third row vertically.   (Stagger the columns so you don’t have straight lines of pegs).  This amounted to approximately 160  1 3/4″ dowel pieces (the extra 1/4″ is where it tucks into the pegboard.

Yup – Rockwell Bladerunner X2 to the rescue again.  In fact, this entire project was made using the Bladerunner and I think Lynn was as pleased with her purchase as I am mine.  Set up your steel rip fence at the 1 3/4″  mark and you can whip out those dowels in minutes – even cut every time.

How to make a Plinko board

We lightly sanded the dowels for a smooth top, but it’s not necessary.  Just add a videospelautomater dab of wood glue to the bottom of each dowel and tuck into your pre-determined peg holes.

How to make a Plinko board

How to make a Plinko board

Lynn and I started this around 1pm and even with phone calls and a hungry baby we were able to finish it before school pick-up at 3:30.

Lynn went back and added adhesive vinyl lettering and numbering, and decided to add a piece of plexiglass to the top.

How to make a Plinko board

Lean it against a wall and plink away!  Raise some money for your school or just have some backyard fun – this 4 foot Plinko board is easy to make and narrow enough to store.

How to make a Plinko board pinnable:

How to make a Plinko board

Have a great one!

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