DIY Wood Tic-Tac-Toe gift set tutorial! Free plans from Ana-White.com
3 feet of 1x4 boards (could also use 1x3s)
2 - 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" pieces of 1/4" plywood
30" of 2x2s
Unfinished 1-1/4" wood doll heads (try hobby store like Joanns in wood section)
Wood dowels for attaching doll heads in matching size
2 - 1x4s (1x3s work too) @ 8"
2 - 1x4s (1x3s work too) @ 9-1/2"
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 9-1/2" x 9-1/2" (for open top box, just cut one)
2 - 1x2 @ 8" (inside cleats for lid) - cut a tiny bit shy so it fits easily inside the wood box frame
10 - 2x2 @ 2-1/2"
10 - 1-1/4" doll heads
small dowels to attach dowel heads to wood blocks
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build your box out of the 1x4 boards. You can glue and nail.
Attach bottom with glue and nails to the 1x4 frame. If you are making an open top game, paint the nine squares on the bottom. Jaime has a trick here.
For a lidded box, attach 1x2s to underside or remaining 1/4" plywood piece, inset about 3/4" (a little more for easy placement) with 3/4" finish nails and glue. Paint game board on top as shown in step 2.
Cut game pieces and attach heads per Jaime's tutorial here. Paint or stain and finish.
Wrap with a bow and give as a gift!
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.