How to Make a Penny Hockey Game

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Penny hockey is named for the game's puck, a common penny.
Penny hockey is named for the game's puck, a common penny. (Image: penny image by Evan Meyer from Fotolia.com)

Penny hockey is a simple game that replicates hockey, using a penny in place of a rubberized puck and fingers in place of sticks. The penny is placed atop a wood board with a hole drilled at both ends to represent the goals. Players alternate turns flicking the penny in an attempt to get it into their opponent's goal. To add difficulty, wooden peg "defenders" are placed around the board to bounce the penny back at the flicker and block their angle at the goal.

Things You'll Need

  • Plywood, 1/4 inch thick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Drill with 1-1/2 inch and 1/4-inch bits
  • 9 wooden dowels, 1/4 inch diameter, 2 inches long
  • Wood glue
  • Wood clamp
  • Penny

Mark a plywood rectangle 12 inches long and 8 1/2 inches wide, and cut it out with a saw.

Mark a pair of dots centered across the 8-1/2 inch width, with one dot 2 inches in from each 8 1/2-inch edge.

Drill through the dots with a 1 1/2-inch bit.

Mark a dot in the center of the plywood board.

Mark a pair of dots 3 inches in from one end of one 8 1/2-inch side, with each dot 3 1/4 inches in from one 12-inch side. Repeat on the other end of the board, creating a pair of dot "goal posts" on either side of both scoring holes.

Mark a pair of dots 4 1/2 inches in from one end of one 8 1/2-inch side, with each dot 2 1/4 inches in from one 12-inch side. Repeat on the other end of the board, creating a pair of dot "defenders" on both sides of the board.

Drill through the dots with a 1/4-inch bit.

Secure a wooden dowel in each 1/4-inch hole with wood glue, so the ends of the dowels are flush with the bottom of the plywood.

Cut two pieces of plywood 12 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Glue and clamp a rectangle on its 1/4-inch side atop the rink, with the outer edge flush with one 12-inch side of the rink, and the second rectangle with its outer edge flush with the other 12-inch side of the rink, creating side boards for the rink. The rink does not have end boards to avoid a player getting stuck against the back wall.

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