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

  1. It costs more to make this then it does to buy it from target. Also its spelled battleship, did you guys look before you pressed submit?

  2. that game is boring.

  3. pretty cool

  4. Colonel Bingo // October 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm // Reply


  5. Awesome! Now you can make your own Battleship game!!!! This is way cooler than the normal Battleship!


  6. i hate this 😦

  7. nice now i don’t have to buy a game for my cousin

  8. Actually before “Battleship” the original name for this game was “Swiss Navy”.

    I found that in an old book of games I found in a used book store. I think this game has been around in one form or another since before ships had engines.

    I’m not quite that old so I can’t be sure. 😉

  9. shipmate555 // July 7, 2008 at 11:16 am // Reply

    That is a cool thing to do during your free time.

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