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Large dominoes made of plywood on a lawn next to a wooden chair

Overview

Gather in the garden and enjoy an afternoon of fun with these DIY oversized dominoes.

Steps

1Measure and cut your domino tiles

On a length of pine, use a combination square to mark 280mm from the end, cutting with a mitre saw to make a tile template for marking out and cutting 28 tiles from the remaining pine. Keep the offcuts. Smooth the cuts and round over the edges of the tiles with 180-grit abrasive paper.

2Draw a grid

Make a square stamp from an offcut, using a combination square to mark 140mm from the end, cutting with a mitre saw. To draw a grid, adjust the combination square to 70mm, marking lines horizontally and vertically. Adjust it to 35mm to mark around the edges.

3Place the felt pads on the grid

Remove the backing from six felt pads, positioning them on the grid to make a six-spot pattern. Use scissors to cut a 67mm floor protection strip in half lengthways, remove the backing and centre it along the base of the stamp, flush against the edge.

4Stamp the paint onto the dominoes

Wearing gloves, pour paint onto a plastic plate. Hold the stamp, felt-side down, in the paint to saturate the felt pads and strip. Hold the stamp over the lower half of a tile and press to transfer the pattern. Repeat to make the appropriate number of six' tiles, reloading with paint every three tiles. To make the double-six tile, flip the stamp, line up the middle felt strip and press.

5Re-position the felt pads to create different numbers

On the stamp, remove the two middle spots and position a new one in the centre, creating a five-spot pattern. Remove or add felt pads on the grid to create the remaining spot patterns and repeat. 

Tip: The felt pads can become saturated with paint and come unstuck, so check them before reloading with paint and replace as necessary.

6Use the dowel to complete the final dominoes

To make the double-zero tile, take a full floor-protection strip, remove the backing and adhere it to a 25mm dowel offcut. Saturate with paint and centre it over the remaining blank tile. Touch up uneven spots on the tiles by adhering a clean felt pad to the dowel and reapplying paint as needed.

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Photography credit: James Moffatt

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.