How to Build a Washer Horseshoe Box Game

The Washer horseshoe box game is also known as Southern Horseshoes. The object of the game is to score points by pitching washers in a cup or in the box that contains the cup. Instead of horseshoes, players take turns throwing washers, which are around 2 1/2 inches in diameter. This makes everything safer for the players and eases the arm strain.

The Basics of Washers
Washers is played with two boxes set between 15 to 25 feet apart. These can be dug into the ground or built out of wood, but either way, they need a cup in the center. The game is played with two teams of two people. One person from each team stands next to a box (you are at one box, your partner is at the other box).

A game of washers is played to a score of 21. Points are scored in the following way: 5 points for getting a wash in the cup, 3 points for getting a washer in the box, 2 points for resting a washer on the sidewall of the box and 1 point for a washer that lands within one washer-length of the box. Each player takes a turn throwing one of three washers. If you get the same score as your opponent, you cancel out the other person's points for that turn.

Building a Washer Box
Follow these directions to create a washer box that you can use in your driveway or on any other surface.

Cut 2 x 4 studs into 17-inch lengths, using a miter box to make 45-degree angles. You will need 8 of these 17-inch length (outside dimension) boards to make two boxes. Nail four of the pieces together to make each box. 

Cut two pieces of plywood to fit the bottom of the boxes. Each piece should be 17 inches by 17 inches. Nail each piece of plywood to the bottom of each box to create bases.

Cut a piece of PVC pipe with a 4-inch diameter to a length of 3.5. Glue or caulk the pipe to the center of the plywood. To find the center of the box, run a piece of string diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. Run a second piece of string from the third corner to it's opposite. The center of the box is where the strings cross. Mark the center with a pencil. Measure from the mark out two inches to the left, top, right and bottom of the box. Put marks in the four places. Line the PVC cup up in the middle of the four marks. 

That's all there is to it. You can use large washers from the hardware store to play, or you can order washers online.

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