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Finger Hockey (“Fastrack”) Board Game. With Disco Mode!

August 15, 2019

Baseball season is here! This year, Major League Baseball is going
to be testing all of its players for Microjig. Maker of the GRR-RIPPER. Work safer. Work smarter. This week’s video is also sponsored by littleBits. I’ve got this fun, fast-paced game called
Fastrack or finger hockey. Each player starts with five disks on their
side and the first person to get all of the discs
on the other side wins. The one I made has a night gaming mode! I found some scraps of cheap pine lumber that I can rip down for the frames. I’m going to use my miter sled to cut the miters for the frame pieces. I’m going to make a rabbet along the inside
edge of each of these pieces to hold the bottom. This step isn’t absolutely necessary You could just attach the bottom directly
to the frame. I’m going to use my drill press to bore two
holes on each of the long pieces for the elastic. With this larger bit in place, I’m going to drill halfway through the outside. so that gives me this smaller hole on the
inside and then the larger hole on the outside that only goes halfway through. Now I can glue this frame up. Every time I use this clamp, I get people
who ask me what it is. It’s called a band clamp or a strap clamp
I think. I’ll put a link down in the description so you can take a look at it. I find it invaluable for gluing up picture
frames because it gives you equal pressure on all four corners and makes sure it’s nice and square. I like to get it all lined up first, before I put the glue on the pieces. These corner pieces will just hook on like
that and I like to take up as much of this slack
as possible like that. I just put glue on one piece of a joint. I don’t see any benefit for putting it on
both. Sometimes the corners require a little adjusting. And then turn this to tighten it all the way. And that’s all there is to using a strap clamp. I’ll let that dry for an hour or so. And while that frame is drying, I can cut out this sheet of 1/4″ or 6mm plywood for the bottom. I can test fit this. But I’m not going to glue that on yet. I think it will be easier to paint these pieces before I glue it together. With the frame all dry, I’m going to cut a
thin groove just the thickness of my saw blade all the way around the perimeter for an inlay. I’ve got my blade raised just slightly above
the table top. I’m slicing up this dowel into equal pieces
to use for the game discs. And I’ll spray paint these hockey puck colored. I’ve masked off ares of this bottom piece that I’m going to put glue on. Now I can glue to bottom on. I’ll glue and tack this into place with my pin nailer. I’m cutting out a notch on this board for
the little goal in the center. I’ve got some of these thin bungee cords that I need to modify just a little bit to get them to fit into the holes. These have hooks on each end and the ends are crimped together with a wire so I need to cut that off of just one side. Now I can take that one off and slide the
other hook off. I can slide this in through that hole and the this one that already has the knot
on it will just be hidden a little bit in that bigger
outside hole. And I’ll thread it though the opposite hole. I’m going to hold it in place with a clamp. Cut off a piece of this 18 gauge wire. I’ll fold this over and try to tie the wire
around it. I’ll try to crimp it down. I can take this clamp off and let this spring back into place. And I can glue in this center piece. Now that that’s ll put together, let me show you what I’m going to do with
that groove that goes all the way around the edge. You could just leave it like that. It’s kind of a cool design element. If you’ll remember, the last time I did a spot for littleBits I showed you the
basics of how the system works. Let me put it into action. This module here is called a light wire. And I discovered that it fits perfectly into
a slot made by a table saw blade. Building a circuit is the fun part. I’m going to take this power module and plug it into a battery. Then I can make a simple circuit my taking
my light wire and they just hook together like that. I can turn this on and see what it looks like. Let me turn out the studio light here and
show you what it looks like. I think I can make that a little more exciting by putting this little pulse module on. Aw yeah! And I can adjust the speed of that pulse. I think the coolest thing about littleBits is that it’s great for both kids to have fun
and learn electronics but it’s also good for prototyping, kind of like what I was doing here. I can easily switch out these littleBits and
test things. And if I ever want to include this as part
of the project then I could buy the individual components
and wire it in. I think it’s an awesome system. You or your kids can spend hours just playing
around with it and coming up with whatever you can imagine. And littleBits has a special offer for Woodworking for Mere Mortals viewers. Just go to littleBits dot com and enter promo
code WOODWORKING and you can take $20 off your first order. Head over to and check out
what they have there. I think you’ll be amazed. Thank you for joining me on this week’s episode
of Woodworking for Mere Mortals. If you’d like to make the Fastrack finger
hockey game, check below for a free set of plans. This is just one of many toy and game projects I have on my channel. You might want to check out one of my most
popular ones, The Marshmallow Crossbow! That crossbow is such a fun project. Don’t forget, all of my plans are free and available at And I hope you get involved and become a Me-Mo and start posting pictures of your own projects in the community section. Thanks for watching, everybody. I’ll see you next week.


  • Reply hey you April 24, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    You used to make furniture and beautiful things!

  • Reply Jack Mcslay April 24, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Seems like it could use a tension calibrator. If the cords aren't equally tensioned it will make an unfair game

  • Reply raterus April 24, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Nice sticker on your drill press!  You should hide one in every video and see if we can find it!

  • Reply WigWagWorkshop April 24, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    I bought the Deluxe Littlebits Kit for my boy, he absolutely loves it, and keeps asking for more pieces. .

  • Reply Justn D April 24, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    can i post plans like a drawing that i made on auto cad? because i have made a small table that i think would look amazing. and i think you would love this table. 

    its a small end table with a penny top.

  • Reply Frostbain April 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    "Hockey puck colored" might be the best way I've ever heard to say "black".

  • Reply Jeff McD April 24, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    What a cool game and a great project! Tell me, Steve, where do you get hockey puck color paint? lol

  • Reply ThoperSought April 25, 2015 at 12:01 am

    2:16 "… glue on one piece of a joint…"

    in that case, Steve, I have a question: I was reading an article that said that gluing end grain, like in this case, was weaker than long grain in part because the glue soaked farther into the wood, leaving very little glue in the actual joint.  they recommended covering the end of both pieces with glue, letting it dry, then gluing up the joint with another layer of glue.  I don't recall if they recommended sanding.

    any thoughts?

  • Reply maferraril1 April 25, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Those are the kind of proyects i like, toy and games are very intresting, congratulations.

  • Reply Hello Kinky April 25, 2015 at 12:11 am

    And so God said to Jesus; MICRO JIG

  • Reply biffle0764 April 25, 2015 at 12:13 am

    I'm going to buy a Grripper! That is so cool! Thanks Steve!

    I saw it at Rockler!

  • Reply Aussie631 April 25, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Great video – did the wife object to the armchair drink-holder? I noticed it on the bench in the background

  • Reply Jo Norman April 25, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Paint the surface your team's colours (in my case you did).

  • Reply Maggie Galipeau April 25, 2015 at 1:22 am

    I am confused, wouldn't having the discs be different colours make it easier to tell who was winning?

  • Reply RodanJoe April 25, 2015 at 1:23 am

    How To Celebrate The New Year music lol

  • Reply Logan P April 25, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I have little bit they are really cool

  • Reply Edgardo Heffele April 25, 2015 at 1:28 am

    It wolud be cool if the light wire was in the inner part, so you can light the game area 😉

  • Reply William W Powell April 25, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Used to be a game in the 70s called Gnip-Gnop [Ping-Pong backwards] that had a similar goal – get all the balls on your opponent's side to win. Fundex stills makes a version and there's a Gnip-Gnop TV commercial somewhere on YouTube. Amazingly fun so I'm sure this wooden version is too. Whose better – you or Wyatt?

  • Reply kev550D April 25, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Thank you for adding metric measurements 🙂

    Let's us Australians know we're valued 😀

  • Reply roshan tik April 25, 2015 at 3:08 am

    good job

  • Reply Rigel7WasAlreadyUsed April 25, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Oh sure. You'll mock our weather and then co-opt our sport at the drop of a toque. This is not what NAFTA was meant for, fella! First Gretzky and now this!

  • Reply Kylie Jane April 25, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Painting your little pucks in glow in the dark paint would have made the disco mode super cool.

  • Reply Skully Wood & Metal April 25, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Another winner Steve.  Great project and the light up feature is also cool.

  • Reply Specific Love Creations April 25, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Cool project and such a simple design

  • Reply Nick O'Rourke April 25, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Love your videos… You ever think of doing a book with some of these plans? I would want one. 🙂

  • Reply B Murphy April 25, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Nice game! Just wondering could you cut the grove on the inside of the frame and install the light kit to illuminate on the "rink" for night time play?  Now I'm wondering if those kits come in a black light version.  If so with some interesting paint colors you could really add to the effects.

  • Reply Neville Styles April 25, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Really nice project Steve – a great concept for a game. But have you run out of purple paint? 🙂

  • Reply Matt Capp April 25, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Instead of having the light wire around the outside you could have put it on the inside to use as 'stadium lighting' for the game.

  • Reply CodeFoxAu April 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Oh yeah! It's my son's birthday in a couple of weeks and he is going to love this! Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to the shed I go …

  • Reply John Bittner April 25, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Cool game Steve! Putting the lights on the inside of the board would look cool as well. I like the concept.

  • Reply Bill Davis April 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    First, congratulations on figuring out how to sand a dowel on camera… looks like a fun game for a party. going to have to check out littleBits.

  • Reply watch this 364 April 25, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Be cool if the disc lit up

  • Reply Poplip200 April 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Coupon says expired

  • Reply soporte809 April 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Seria mejor si las luces estan desde adentro. Para iluminar las fichas en movimiento
    Exelente proyecto Steve.

    It would be better if you put the light strip in the inside, So it Light up the pieces moving inside.  Great project. Steve.

    By the way I'm learning ENGLISH AND WOODWORKING at the same time on this
    channel.     Saludos desde Republica Dominicana

  • Reply TheMrByrom April 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    This looks like a smaller version of the game "Pucket" which is a copy of an old French game 'Passe Trappe'.  I looked at it a while ago thinking I would make one too. You beat me to it.

  • Reply Skylar Summers April 25, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Will you ever put up the lumber list for the TARDIS?

  • Reply Salvador Lemus April 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Great project.

  • Reply Brian Scott Campbell April 26, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Thanks for always sharing your knowledge and projects.  From my understanding, the benefit for putting some glue onto the other miter is so that it does not totally absorb all the glue from the joint.  Try adding a small amount of glue onto the end grain and watch it disappear.  I always add a little to the mating miter.  Try it!

  • Reply Ryan Haworth April 26, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Hey, Bob at @I Like To Make Stuff , use your shapeoko to make this out of plexiglass so the LED lights show through to the inside of the game…for the win!

  • Reply Maxwell Goodacre April 26, 2015 at 2:33 am

    @Steve Ramsey Little bits giveaway?   😀

  • Reply Mensa000 April 26, 2015 at 4:30 am

    You should put the lights on the inside of the game! great video love it!

  • Reply Andreas Weber April 26, 2015 at 8:52 am

    allein schon dein Elan ist der Hammer. Finde es ein echt nettes kleines Spiel was gut zu verschenken ist. Übersetzen darfst du selbst😏

  • Reply ممدوح مزاوم مهتم بالنقوش الثمودية April 26, 2015 at 10:01 am


  • Reply Rolland Lynch April 26, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Put the light thread on the inside maybe in two rows.

  • Reply Sterling Davis April 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Neat table game , and the lights are a great added touch, kids would love that

  • Reply Techmatt167 April 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Do you think it's possible to use a bandsaw to cut the miters?

  • Reply anile8tor9 April 26, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Awesome project Steve. My hanks for sharing this and all the ideas you share with us week in and week out. You were my biggest inspiration for getting back into woodworking and making thinks for people.

  • Reply BigBlueMSP April 27, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I really like this game idea Steve

  • Reply Mike's Micro Shop April 27, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    The main reason to glue both ends is that end grain soaks up the glue and if you don't put it on both ends you get an uneven amount of glue penetration from one side to the other.  This will cause the joint to be weaker that it would be if it were not as starved for glue.

  • Reply Kbalz April 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    you need too many tools to complete these projects..

  • Reply Crazy Hands April 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    very nice ))

  • Reply BostonTricker April 27, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Having the lights on the inside and adding some reflective tape to the game pieces would be better for playing during a power outage

  • Reply Steve Brown April 28, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Cool project Steve!

  • Reply GarageWoodworks April 28, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Neat project.  I suppose you could make the "gate" opening adjustable for different age players.  Love the lighting you get from your outdoor shots.  I wish I could drag my TS outside.

  • Reply Mccallum Frame April 28, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Do a shop tour

  • Reply Airfire29 April 28, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Cool game.

  • Reply Beni Munson April 28, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    You should have put the light on the interior part of the frame so you can play in the dark. If you light the outside it will not help because the frame is blocking the light to illuminate the game box.

  • Reply Woodworking Maniak April 30, 2015 at 5:03 am

    @Steve Ramsey Cool stuff. Looks like a fun little game. 🙂

  • Reply Jaimie April 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    What's the song that plays throughout the video. It says "in random orbit" in the description but i can't seem to find it.

  • Reply John Fithian-Franks May 1, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Hi Steve,
    I too use a band clamp to glue up frames etc. Have you taken a look at the corner clamps that "Izzy Swan" makes out of scraps of wood, I made some of those and they work as well if not better than the band clamp
    Regards John

  • Reply Brad Knowlton May 3, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Suggestions for people who may want to build this, consider this upgrade.. use clear plexiglass as the play surface, and bury the light wire into the groove holding the plexiglass. This will give an illuminated play surface increasing the enjoying of night gaming.

  • Reply fatima ahmed May 8, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    you should make this in Arabic, we call it "Kairum" .
    it has a four holes on the sides, it has 19 wood pieces, 9 in black, 9 white, and one is red.

    and you hit them all with a white "hockey like" plastic piece.

    each piece hold a number of points and who ever gets the highest wins.

    its a mix of hockey and pool

  • Reply Bridge Gaming May 9, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    2:18–2:22 unless you're using contact cement.

  • Reply Alijah Urquidez June 29, 2015 at 7:34 am

    You know that California wood thing in the room you are in to put it all together, you should make that

  • Reply Charlie90071 July 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    1:14 did you say "to bohr"? or do I missunderstand that?

  • Reply Jorge Valderf August 3, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Hi Steve. I'm from Argentina, and I keep all your videos, are great and very usefull!!!!. I need to consult you something. I have a circular bench saw. When I cut wood, sawdust pulls up to much. In your works I see that is not the case. Is it because I need another type of blade? Thanks for your help.

  • Reply Vishwan Purandat August 7, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Thought u were goin to make the same mistake that you did that the drill bit case you made. 🙂

  • Reply April Hart September 8, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I really enjoy your toturials. your instructions are fantastic. Keep it up and much love from England!

  • Reply Victor Romero November 1, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    You should have made a glow in the dark hockey pucks

  • Reply Kayla Griffith November 2, 2015 at 12:57 am

    it took me forever but I made it !!!😇

  • Reply Buzzy913 November 7, 2015 at 7:05 am

    I sure hope we don't have a MicroJig outbreak in MLB this year.

  • Reply kyle tooley December 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    That looks light wire is called el wire it's great for wearable electronics

  • Reply Chelsea Hubbs December 22, 2015 at 12:00 am

    How many videos bo you mack

  • Reply MEEZY DABOMB December 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    You painted all of the pucks the same color

  • Reply Trusted Guide January 20, 2016 at 1:03 am

    How about making it a bit higher and store the littlebits components under and maybe the pucks as well, when you're not playing?

  • Reply Evilhero 02 January 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    That's awesome

  • Reply Andrei Makarski January 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I keep thinking that little bits is battle bits XD

  • Reply Jose Ayala February 6, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Are you the science man

  • Reply Jenny February 7, 2016 at 6:42 am

    i like every thing you make in all of your vidioes

  • Reply Kelly Constant February 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I like this lol

  • Reply Kelly Constant February 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I like this lol

  • Reply Nothing February 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Lol the thumbnail looks like he has a knife in his hand

  • Reply Ana Carolina Oliveira Gomes February 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    muito legal 10

  • Reply Sophia Sattar February 26, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Don't show us how you make it

  • Reply Sophia Sattar February 26, 2016 at 3:34 am

    I love it

  • Reply TrivinityGaming April 26, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Don't you just hate the sponsored intro

  • Reply Yumi Dung April 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm


  • Reply Pravin Singh May 7, 2016 at 12:51 am

    my kid loves it

  • Reply o que Emily? May 23, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Oii alguém fala em português aí?

  • Reply Xay Software Engineer July 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Who else made it besides of watching it

  • Reply Isaac Chong July 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm


  • Reply Sameer Ahmed July 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I like your videoes and I want to be like u and my name is muhammad

  • Reply Daniel Nicholas Cantu July 28, 2016 at 1:07 am


  • Reply Benjamin Estell August 29, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I made this project and lot's of kids love to play it! Great video, Steve.

  • Reply Alexandre Ramos January 30, 2017 at 4:39 am

    someone's gonna break their fingers using this

  • Reply tasty_milkshake September 20, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    promo code did not work

  • Reply HowTo Easy October 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    This wasn't cardboard

  • Reply Emmanuel Flores March 25, 2018 at 4:13 pm


  • Reply SHELLBACKS CLUB 🐢 January 28, 2019 at 12:53 am

    can u make a scale wrestling ring for WWE figures?… & then sell it to me!😉

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