Making a Game for $5.00 #3: Prepping the Tiles

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Blog entry by Deela40 posted 12-20-2009 01:57 AM 3560 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last night I worked on getting the tiles cut up and prepped for painting the numbers.

I decided to go with 12 tiles as opposed to 10. I wouldn’t have enough room to put the numbers on 10-12 if I made all the tiles the same size as they would bee to small to get two numbers on. I remedied this by making two different sizes. I made nine tiles sized (7/8 inch) for numbers 1-9 and three (1 9/16 inches) for numbers 10-12.

After I finished all the measurements, I used my miter saw to make the cuts.

Then I used my drill press to get the holes. I used a 13/64 inch bit as this allows the tiles to move freely on the 3/16 inch rod. I used a small vice to hold the tiles in place. I put some saran wrap in the vice to keep the tiles clean as it is a bit greasy.

I am a little disappointed on how this part ended up. I didn’t take the time to ensure consistency in hole placement so I ended up with the tiles sitting unevenly on the rod.

Then I used my orbital sander to sand the sides down as I hadn’t done that after cutting the tiles up.

After that, I put some walnut oil on. I am pretty pleased with how the oil made the grain pop out and I think it will look good against the darker base.

Today, I have been working on getting the numbers on the tiles and tonight, I plan on gluing the base together. Then tomorrow, I can finish up by putting walnut oil on the base, leaving enough time to let it soak in and be ready for the party on Monday night.

I didn’t spend any more money so my total spent is still $3.65.

Check back tomorrow for another update.


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#1 posted 12-20-2009 02:05 PM

Can’t you tape the tiles together and run them through your tablesaw to even them up.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 03:38 PM

That would help a little, but I didn’t quite get all the holes in the centered on the sides so some stick up a little more than others. Thanks for the suggestion.


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#3 posted 12-21-2009 07:28 PM

Leave them on the rod, clamp them between two pieces of wood, and sand them even. Then turn them over and sand the other end even.

Looking good!

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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