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How to make a homemade Off-Shore Battle game

SAFETY FIRST: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven't used before.


This classic game is even more fun when it’s homemade, so charge up your power drill, sharpen that saw and make this cool Off-Shore Battle game.


  • Ruler
  • Tracing paper and tape
  • Power drill
  • Saw
  • Awl and hammer
  • Anvil pruning shears
  • Fine-tipped permanent marker
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • 3 10-inch-by-10-inch-by-3⁄4-inch boards
  • 2 small wooden door knobs
  • 4 hinges
  • 1 latch
  • Drill bit slightly larger than game pegs
  • 1 package of wooden skewers
  • Enough pine scraps to make the ships
  • Sandpaper
  • Red paint


The Boards:

battleship-11. With lines spaced 3⁄4-inches apart, mark out a 7 1⁄2-by-7 1⁄2-inch grid on all three game boards. The center, vertical board has a grid with holes on both sides. The side boards have a grid only.



2. Tape tracing paper over your grid and draw diagonal lines as shown. Use an awl to punch starter holes for drilling.


battleship-33. Drill 1⁄4-inch-deep holes in the center of each square.

4. Use decals or a fine-tipped permanent marker to label the vertical squares A through J and the horizontal squares 1 through 10.

5. Attach the vertical board to the base with wood glue and screws.


battleship-46. After all the grids are complete and the holes are drilled, attach the knobs and give the boards an oil finish.

7. Put it all together using the 4 hinges.


The Pegs:

1. Use the pruning shears to cut the skewers into 3⁄4-inch pegs. You’ll need at least 140 pegs.

2. Paint 40 of them red.

The Ships:

  • Fashion 2 sets of 5 ships from scraps of pine.
  • Drill the 1⁄4-inch-deep holes before cutting out the ships.
  • Make 2 ships 3 3⁄4 inches long with 5 holes.
  • Make 2 ships 3 inches long with 4 holes.
  • Make 2 ships 2 1⁄4 inches long with 3 holes.
  • Make 4 ships 1 1⁄2 inches long with 2 holes.
  • Sand the ship bottoms smooth.

Get ship templates here:

You can also make the ships from plastic clay.



Players place ships on the grids of their individual boards. One player calls out a coordinate on the grid. If it’s a hit, he goes again. A miss means it’s the other player’s turn. Red pegs are used to track hits and natural-colored pegs to track misses. Whoever sinks all their opponent’s ships first wins.

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10 Comments on How to make a homemade Off-Shore Battle game

  1. Boys Rules // June 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm // Reply

    yeah its like BATTLESHIP to THEpizzaGuy.

  2. That’s a really cool idea.

  3. Commander Cody // June 10, 2008 at 9:25 pm // Reply

    I’ll like playing it!

  4. matthebrat333 // June 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm // Reply

    wonderful game I’ll be sure to make it soon

  5. Lightning // June 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm // Reply

    I will make this game

  6. THEpizzaGUY // June 7, 2008 at 12:11 pm // Reply

    isnt that like battleship

  7. Guitarboy112 (visitor) // June 7, 2008 at 11:25 am // Reply

    Can’t get grid quite right. very fun project though. Keep at it!!

  8. Awesome Idea,You Guys Rock!!!!

  9. CoinCollector100 // June 5, 2008 at 4:00 pm // Reply

    Thanks for a great idea!

  10. Cool

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