How to Build a Washer Toss Game Set

This easy woodshop project will yield hours of family fun - here's how to make your own washer toss game set!

By Dean Zuczynski

 My memories of summers as a youngster at my grandparents’ cabin revolved around outdoor activities with family and friends. Everyone enjoyed fishing, swimming, canoeing, going on frog hunts, and making up games. I didn’t make up the Washer Toss game, but it’s great fun for the whole family. My daughter, her friends, and all of my friends and family will attest to that. We bring out a game set at all of our gatherings and usually play until it’s too dark to find the washers in the grass. Trust me, this is an easy project and an afternoon spent building it will be well worth it.

I’ve broken it down into four easy sections that can serve as a guide, but there are no rules here! If you find an easier way to do any of this, go for it! On the other hand, if you prefer to make your boxes out of mahogany with perfect hand-cut dovetail joints, well I suppose you could do that as well, but they’ll take a beating over time from flying metal washers. My guide takes a simple approach that will get you playing out in the yard as soon as possible. You won’t need many tools and all of the materials can be picked up at a local home center or hardware store. So, let’s get started!

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Estimated time to complete: 2 hours, plus time for paint to dry

A quick note on woodshop safety: Always wear proper eye, hearing and breathing protection when working with power tools or hand tools, and always work on a stable surface.

DIY The Washer Toss Game

How to Play the Washer Toss Game

Once, you’ve finished making your Washer Toss game set, the real fun begins! Here are the “rules” of the game.

If you do a little searching on the Internet, you’ll find more ways to play the game than you can throw a washer at. I’ll outline my house rules, but the most important thing is to have fun playing the game. So with that in mind, change the “rules” in whatever way you’d like!

The game can be played with two players, but four players in teams of two is just more fun. The boxes are placed in the yard with the cups 21 feet apart. Your teammate stands opposite you at the other box. Determine who goes first (oldest, youngest, best moustache, most impressive nose...) and that person (Player A) stands next to the box and tosses their four washers (one at a time) to the opposite box followed by Player B. Scoring takes place after all eight washers have been tossed. Only one team scores per round. One point is awarded for each washer inside the box, and three points for each washer inside the cup. If Player A lands two in the box (2 points) and Player B tosses one in the cup and one in the box (4 points), Player B’s team scores two points (the difference between each player’s total). The team that scored last tosses first in subsequent rounds. The first team to reach 21 points wins. If luck is on your side, and you manage to land a washer on top of one of the box edges, you automatically win the game!