As I watched my 9 year old struggle with loading the cheap cardboard stacking sleeve that came with our Jenga game, I thought to myself, there has to be a better way. Mostly because I had to stop cooking dinner and set up the Jenga stack every time really...
Step 1: Rough Draft...
Usually when I build something I tend to overthink it. I like to draw out what I'm going to build and sketch up some rough plans. This time I did not do that. All I did was set up the blocks and then placed the wood next to it making pencil marks so I knew where to cut it. So this means, I really don't have any measurements for you. I just kinda put this thing together out of scrap wood.
Step 2: Hinges..
My first box had no removable piece in the front. I made it opened up like a clamshell figuring that would be the easiest. When the box is loaded with the blocks though it was difficult to open if not impossible. That's why you see the front part is removable. These hinges I have I salvaged from a cabinet I was throwing out they worked great. I used rivets to secure them to the really thin wood so the hardware will not get in the way.
Step 3: Complete
The two end caps work to hold the whole box together. One is labeled top because that end is open and if you open that, all the blocks will fall out.
Step 4: Playing
As you can see the box sits up nicely for game play and loading of the blocks.
Step 5: Turning Over
Once it's loaded, all that needs to be done is to gently hold the bottom level of blocks and tilt it up for game play.
Step 6: Labeling The Box.
Like I said, I sometimes get carried away...i freehand drew the Jenga graphic from off of the box and wood burned it into the lid before I sealed the whole thing with polyurethane. The kids get home from school soon so we'll see how much easier this is for little hands...works well when I do it.