The Bible study I am a part of is having a party for Christmas. Each person is supposed to bring one gift, spending no more than $5.00. I saw this as a challenge. $5.00 isn’t much and I wanted to offer something of higher value. Lucky for me, my wife recently brought home some free pieces of wood.
She works at an art gallery and they were getting rid of some random things. She saw some wood they had used as plaques that were going to be tossed. As she is industrious and thoughtful, she decided to bring it home to see if I could use it. I decided to try to make some sort of game out of the stuff, giving me a head start on the cost as it was free.
I was looking through the games on Lumber Jocks for ideas and came across the Math Game made by scrollsaw. This reminded me of a similar game called Shut The Box I had seen in the past that was a lot of fun to play. I decided that this was going to be my gift.
I wanted to add in a bit of contrast with the wood I was going to use for the game. I decided to use some oak for the tiles and what I think is possibly redwood for the box, though I am not sure as I am still learning the different types of wood.
The first thing I did was to cut strips out of the oak to make the tiles. Then I cut off the routered edges of the redwood.
I didn’t have much time to work on it the first night so that’s about as far as I got.
Check back tomorrow to see my progress.
Also, if you follow these posts, please feel free to offer advice. I am a beginning woodworker. I have a very limited knowledge of techniques and I often just make stuff up when I don’t know what I am doing.