Giant Jenga!

Here are a few pictures of my most recent (and, arguably, exciting) project - a giant jenga set completed just in time for our annual Festivus celebration (you know...for the rest of us.) A good time had by all, 40-degree weather notwithstanding.


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I used Alder for the blocks, for several reasons: I'm told (by the internet) that regular Jenga blocks are made from it (maybe because it isn't sticky like pine or fir), has an excellent strength-to-weigth ratio (much like the traditional aluminum pole used in Festivus celebrations all over the world), and was the cheapest stuff I could find on New Year's Eve Afternoon (much like the traditional beer consumed during Festivus celebrations all over the world.) Also I wanted something that wasn't so soft it would dent when it crashed, but not so hard or heavy it would cause any lasting injury when the tower fell on you.
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All in, I used about 50 board feet, and ended up with 72 blocks. Each block is about 1 7/8" thick x 3 1/4" wide by 11 1/8" long. The dimensions themselves are fairly arbitrary - that was just the best way to get the most out of what I had.
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