Making a Game for $5.00 #4: Putting it Together

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Blog entry by Deela40 posted 12-21-2009 06:25 PM 3852 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To summarize for those of you are just joining this series, I needed to find a gift for $5.00 for a Christmas party. I thought it would be fun to see what I could make, using what I had and spending no more that $5.00 on anything else I needed. I decided to make the game Shut the Box. Thus far, I have spent $3.65. For a more details, check the other posts.

The oil was dried from the previous nights application so next task was to get the numbering on the tiles. I used the 1-inch stencils I purchase a few days back. I also had an old silver paint pen that I thought would work well. I tested out the pen using the stencil and it didn’t turn out all that well as the paint leaked under the stencil. I then decided to use a pencil to trace the numbers and then fill it in with the paint pen, which worked much better.

I was worried the paint would come off easily. After it dried, I decided to use some clear spray finish I had from a previous project (which created a small problem when I glued the box together – more to come about this in the final post). I hung the tiles up outside with some wire and sprayed away.

After that, I drilled the holes in the sides of the box that would hold the rods. I was much more careful this time in ensuring proper placement of the holes than I was with the tiles (lesson learned!).

Then, I glued the box together, using almost all the clamps I had. Some users mentioned in comments on post #2 in this series about using a special tape to help hold the pieces together but I was not able to find any of the V fold tape at either of the hardware stores in town (which was a good thing as it would have put me over my budget of $5.00) so I did the best I could in getting it together. It was pretty messy and I tried to get as much of the extra glue cleaned up as possible. Hopefully I can get what I missed with some sanding.

Finally, I purchased some dice for $1.31 bringing the total spent up to $4.96. This should be the last thing I need to purchase and leaves me just under budget. Any ideas on what I could get for $.04?

The last thing I need to do is clean up the glue, give it a final sanding and put some Walnut Oil on, which I will post pictures of after I am finished.


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