1. Gather Materials Below
    Quantity: Materials:
    12 2x12x16′ boards
    6 1x6x12′ boards
    16 3″ hinges
    2lbs 2″ deck screws


    Tools needed:
    Miter saw
    Circular saw
    Tape measure
    Screwdriver bit
    Safety glasses

    Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project

  2. Take all of the 2x12x16′ boards. Cut each into [2] 96″ pieces, for a total of [24] 2x12x96″ pieces.
    measurement display
  3. Take [5] of the 1x6x12′ boards. Cut each into [4] 36″ pieces, for a total of [20] 1x6x36″ pieces.
    measurement display
  4. Take the remaining 1x6x12′ board. Cut into [1] 36″ piece and [3] 1x6x24″ pieces.
  5. Beveled Edge Cuts:
    • Take all [24] of the 2x12x96″ pieces cut in step 2. Bevel both ends with the saw set at 22.5° to make [24] 2x12x96″ beveled trapezoid pieces.

      side view with measurements


Build Steps

  1. Before building, inventory and sort all of your materials.
    Quantity: Inventory:
    24 2x12x96″ beveled pieces
    3 1x6x24″ pieces
    21 1x6x36″ pieces
  2. If there is grass in the gaga pit space, remove it.
  3. Next, assemble the eight sides. Seven (7) of the sides will have (3) 2x12x96″ pieces laid next to each other. Use the 1x6x36″ straps to attach them together. There will be (3) straps per side, one in the center and one on each side 10″ from the edge.
    Build Step 3 photo
  4. Assemble the final (and 8th) side using (2) of the 2x12x96″ pieces, and the (3) 1x6x24″ pieces. (This will be the entry in and out of the Gaga Pit for smaller children.)
  5. Connect the sides together forming an octagon using two hinges per corner. One hinge will connect the top 2x12s and one will connect the bottom 2x12s. There will not be a hinge on the center 2x12s.
    Build Step 5 photo
  6. Finish the octagon and prepare the bottom. It can be asphalt, concrete, limestone, decomposed granite, sand, or packed down dirt. Make sure your Gaga Court is actually an octagon and doesn’t resemble an egg-shape.
    Build Step 6 photo