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How to make a limbo game

Updated January 16, 2019

While you can play limbo with a broom or stick held by two helpers, having a self-supporting limbo frame allows everyone, including the helpers, to get into the game. You can disassemble the frame in under a minute for storage when not in use by removing the screws holding the bracket assemblies in place. You must be familiar with the use of a power drill and a band saw, jigsaw or hacksaw to make this game.

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  1. Place the 5 cm by 5 cm by 1.8 m (2 inch by 2 inch by 72 inch) lengths of stock timber 85 cm (34 inches) apart. Butt the 5 cm (2 inch) side of the 5 cm by 1.2 cm by 90 cm (2 inch by 1/2 inch by 36 inch) stock timber against the posts with the corners flush and square to make a top rail.

  2. Drill 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) diameter pilot holes through the top rail, 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) deep into each side rail. Countersink all holes. Secure the top rail using 2.5 cm (1 inch) long, 3 mm (1/8 inch) diameter brass wood screws at each end.

  3. Position the limbo frame so that the top rail faces a wall of your workroom and the side rails face the ceiling. Place a depth stop on your power drill. A depth stop is a bought or improvised collar that prevents the drill bit from sinking deeper into the wood than you want it to go.

  4. Drill 6 mm (1/4 inch) diameter holes 2.5 cm (1 inch) deep into the side rails, 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart as they face the ceiling, beginning 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the underside of the top rail.

  5. Apply carpenter's glue to 2.5 cm (1 inch) of one end of each dowel peg and inside each hole in the side rails. Position the 7.5 cm (3 inch) long dowel pegs in the holes, and strike them gently with a rubber mallet until fully seated. Wipe away any excess glue, and allow the glue to dry overnight.

  6. Place each 5 cm by 5 cm by 1.8 m (2 inch by 2 inch by 72 inch) length of stock timber into one of the top bracket assemblies, and secure them with the manufacturer-provided hardware so that the bracket feet bases point in the direction people will pass through the limbo game frame. These will be the side post supports.

  7. Cut a 1 m (40 inch) long, 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter dowel rod or bamboo pole, and sand away any burrs. This is your limbo stick. Set the game frame upright.

  8. Tip

    Place the limbo stick on the pegs closest to the top rail. Each time all players pass through the frame without knocking the stick out of position, lower it to the next pair of pegs. The winner is the last player who can pass under the stick without knocking it off the frame.


    Always wear eye protection when using any power tools.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces 5 cm by 5 cm by 1.8 m (2 inch by 2 inch by 72 inch) stock timber
  • 2 top bracket assemblies, 5 cm (2 inch) square, with hardware
  • 1 piece 5 cm by 1.2 cm by 90 cm (2 inch by 1/2 inch by 36 inch) stock timber
  • 4 brass wood screws, 3 mm (1/8 inch) diameter, 2.5 cm (1 inch) long
  • Power drill, 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) diameter bit, countersink bit
  • Depth stop
  • 138 wooden dowel pins, 7.5 cm (3 inch) long
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Rubber mallet
  • 1m (40 inch) long, 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter dowel rod or bamboo pole

About the Author

Jane Smith has provided educational support, served people with multiple challenges, managed up to nine employees and 86 independent contractors at a time, rescued animals, designed and repaired household items and completed a three-year metalworking apprenticeship. Smith's book, "Giving Him the Blues," was published in 2008. Smith received a Bachelor of Science in education from Kent State University in 1995.

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