Dice Tower

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Blog series by ChadR updated 08-28-2011 12:25 AM 6 parts 23469 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: The Idea

08-28-2011 12:14 AM by ChadR | 2 comments »

I am a big board game geek and because of that I have been trying to think of how to tie my new hobby of woodworking with the joy of playing board games. I decided to make a simple dice tower. A dice tower helps you roll dice to ensure no cheating as well as keep the dice from falling off the table and away from knocking all the pieces off the board. I found several ideas online and went from there. I decided for the randomizer inside the tower I would use 2×2 blocks cut into a spi...

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Part 2: The Tower

08-28-2011 12:20 AM by ChadR | 1 comment »

I drew out all the cuts after I planed them out in Sketchup and then got to use my new bandsaw for the first time. Everything came out perfectly. I decided I would glue all the pieces together instead of nailing them. I started off by gluing the randomizer and then measuring for the walls. It did not take too long. I made sure to wait and hour for the glue to dry before I started on the walls but other then that it probably only took one hour. After I had it all glued together I sand...

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Part 3: Building the Box

08-28-2011 12:27 AM by ChadR | 0 comments »

I spend about two hours making this box. It came out great. Was super easy to make. Not much trouble at all. I now just have to go and buy the hardware and then thinking about painting it.

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Part 4: Hardware

08-28-2011 07:08 AM by ChadR | 3 comments »

I installed all the hardware and now it’s officially a box. The screws were a bit too long so i had to cut the ends off. I have even put the dice tower to test, I have decided the walls for the catcher are too tall to see into. I am thinking about lining the walls of the tray with mirrors for easy view of the dice. Now I have to think about color.

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Part 5: Painting

08-29-2011 08:27 AM by ChadR | 0 comments »

I have decided on painting the case and tower blue and green. I chose a rather bright color because I love bright colors. I did not paint the inside bottom of the tray because I want to purchase some reflective tape and line the walls for easier viewing of the rolled dice.

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Part 6: Not done yet

08-28-2011 12:25 AM by ChadR | 0 comments »

So after making the dice tower, I decided I was not finished. I wanted to build something to stop the dice from rolling too far out of the dice tower. So I started of with the idea of just making a tray but then thought why not make a box to hold the dice tower when not in use. I went back to the drawing board, i.e. Sketchup, and designed a case to hold my new dice tower. The best part is the lid could be used as a backboard for throwing the dice down the shoot.

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