Before constructing your own set, which is very easy to do, please consult the World Championship Rules as the ultimate guide to measurements, etc. The below measurements are in centimeters (official sizes), and converted to inches for easy adaptability.
There are typically twenty-one game pieces used in kubb:
- 10 Kubbs, rectangular wooden blocks 15 cm tall and 7 cm square on the end.
- U.S. Measurements: 6″ tall x 2.75″ square on end.
- 1 King, a larger wooden piece 30 cm tall and 9 cm square on the end, sometimes adorned with a crown design on the top.
- U.S. Measurements: ~12″ tall x 3.5″ square on end.
- 6 Sticks, wooden batons around 30 cm long and anywhere from 3–5 cm in diameter.
- U.S. Measurements: ~12″ by 1-2″ diameter.
- 4 Stakes, or other markers, to designate the corners of the pitch.
- Some players use corner markers that are more like adorned kubbs (Same size, but with a small ‘crown’ or other marking, instead of stakes. This system works better for hard surfaces, and is ideal for indoor play).
There is considerable variation in the design of these pieces. In some sets, every piece apart from the King has a circular cross-section, whereas in others, every piece has a square cross-section. The official sizes are listed above, and are constructed using a square design, as opposed to round, or circular cross-sections.
There is nothing noted in the championship rules about construction materials. Most kubb sets are made from wood, using the above dimensions, but, if you wish to construct a nearly indestructible set from PVC, here’s what I have found works pretty well.
All construction materials are Schedule 40 PVC, easily found at your local hardware store.
- King – 3″ x 12″ + toilet flange for the base
- Kubbs – 2″ x 6″
- Sticks – 1″ x 11″ + end caps
The best part of this set, is that it fits neatly in a milk crate for easy storage, transportation, etc. And, if you leave it out over night – no problems!