Kubb is a fun game we just learned from a friend. After watching a Youtube rules overview and constructing a very basic set for ourselves we were hooked. Kubb is similar to horseshoes, corn hole, ladder golf and many other popular lawn games. It involves throwing wood at other wood with the intention to knock the larger wood down. Kubb is described on Wikipedia and a great explanation is on Youtube.
My boyfriend’s Dad and Uncle had birthdays this past weekend and we wanted to share our new love of Kubb with them by making two full sets. Both sets were delivered on Sunday and his Uncle is already hooked. The set we made ourselves was made with 12 inch Kubbs, 12 inch throwing batons and a firewood log as our king. Hereafter I will refer to them as kubbs/skulls, femurs and the king. After many rounds playing the game we determined that our skulls/kubbs were likely too tall. In addition the original set was made with a camp saw because the 4by4 would not fit under the smaller circular saw we had.
- 10 kubbs, five on each side
- 6 femurs
- 1 king
- 2 lengths of 4 by 4
- 2 lengths of 1- 1/4 inch circular dowels
- thin cardboard
- acrylic paint
- sponge paint brushes (various sizes)
- clear poly finish
Step 1. Cut the 4by4s into ten 10-inch lengths using a hand saw or circular saw. Cut the 12 inch long king from the 4by4. Cut six 18-inch lengths of the dowel. We were able to achieve the desired flatness with our new hand saw.
Step 2. Sand the wood. My boyfriend used an electric sander, but regular sand paper and elbow grease will do fine. Make sure to wipe the wood down after sanding, so the saw dust doesn’t mix in with the paint.
3. Make your stencils. I used the cardboard rectangle that is placed into quilt squares at jo-anns. Remember never throw anything away! I cut into the stencil from the outside, so I used masking tape to cover any unwanted cuts in the stencil.
4. Paint. I used a 3-hole puncher to keep the wood at an angle. This way I could paint the top of all 4 sides of the 4by4 without smudging any paint.
For the first set I did the five kubbs of the Tapped logo on the front and back, which is a bar he owns. Then five Virginia Tech kubbs, which is his alma matter. The logos are on front and back only.
On the two remaining sides of the kubbs I alternated randomly between three skull shapes I made. I’ve named them metal skull, punk skull, and voodoo skull.
Here are the kubbs with a finished paint job.
For the second set I did five George Mason kubbs, his alma matter.
The other five kubbs had a blue single blade battle ax on the front and a double blade battle ax on the back. Blue is his favorite color. I learned that with small lines in my stencils it was better to sponge on the paint instead of typical brush strokes which I had been doing for the other stencils. The paint still bleeds a bit, but I think it adds to the roughness of the Viking look.
For the King pieces I used 4 different colors and 4 different style crowns. Purple and red in the left image and you can see the blue and green in the upper portion of the right image.
Step 5. Using a larger sponge brush apply the poly finish. We only used poly over the painted images. The kubb sets will get banged up quickly so I didn’t really see the need in a full poly job. If we made kubb sets for sale, we would definitely poly the whole thing. Full disclosure, we were in a rush to have these finished.
Below are all the kubbs drying in the utility room. The poly we used is in front. Side note – The femurs do not need additional work after they’re cut. We briefly considered painting an actual femur bone on the femur pieces, but if you look at our original set you can see how dirty and banged up those pieces can get in a matter of only four weeks. The paint would likely have come off very quickly even with a poly coat.
The guys love their sets. This was a really great gift idea.