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Blog entry by diggerdelaney posted 12-09-2011 10:57 PM 3919 reads 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

W.I.P. of A Solitaire Board Game

First of all I will not go through all the wood preparation just the main marking out and production of the dimples etc.
Measurements are not critical but I never go below those I have stated in this build I have used those I have stated below
Anyway once the boards are cut to 10” square no smaller and to a thickness that suits yourself in this case 1 3/8” (normally I have mine over 1” thick). It is then sanded to 240grit all round

Next job is to find the centre as this makes sure that every thing is symmetrical. Note that I have marked the centre with 2 lines running from the centre point of the sides rather than diagonally

From these 2 (I’ll call them datum lines) datum lines measure outwards and on both sides of the line and at both end 5 equal spaced marks 7/8” (you can just see them on one side above the ruler)

Once this is done mark across the board from these marks to form a grid making sure you take the lines right to the edge of the board. This is important for later work.

This is all of the main marking out that is required

Now the routing first a circle need to be routed with a radius of 4 3/8” using a 5/8” round nose bit, This is for the marble storage when they are removed from the board.

The next step is to do the dimples for the marbles to sit in this is done using the router with a fence.

As can be seen in the photo these are plunge routed with the fence against one side then the board is rotated 180 degrees and the routing done on the opposite side

Note the piece of plastic on the fence this has a mark on the centre point which lines up with the layout lines make sure you are vigilant when doing these as a dimple in the wrong place end the project.

You can see below the centre line marked on the fence

The dimples are placed on each intersection so as to form a pattern as below

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Or as some people prefer

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I used the first layout for my games. Below is a view after the dimples are routed

The last bit of work needed to complete the build is to rout a chamfer to the top and bottom edges

The only things that I did not describe in this W.I.P. was the preparation of the wood and the finish, the finish is left to you as everyone has a personal preference. You can alter the measurements to suit yourself but do not go smaller than I have done unless you can find smaller marbles.
The marbles I have used are 5/8” diameter

Below is the Game with a finish and the marbles installed.
I used finishing oil on mine.

Hope you enjoyed the build

-- Derek, Kent, UK, http://s702.photobucket.com/albums/ww21/diggerdelaney/



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#1 posted 12-10-2011 05:34 AM

Thanks for posting this!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 12:18 AM

how do you play this game?

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 12:47 AM

Hi daydrik First of all all the marbles are placed into the dimples except the centre one. You jump adjacent marbles vertically and horizontally not diagonally the idea is to end up with only one marble left. The ring around the edge is just somewhere to put the marbles once they have been removed
Hope this makes sense if I can find rules for this I will post

-- Derek, Kent, UK, http://s702.photobucket.com/albums/ww21/diggerdelaney/

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 12:54 AM

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 11:51 PM

Very nice! Ive made some of these just using a drill press. But never knew how to make the routed track for marble storage. Thats very nice! I do jave a router but just learning how to use it more..How did you rout that track?

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta

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#6 posted 09-30-2014 11:51 PM

Very nice! Ive made some of these just using a drill press. But never knew how to make the routed track for marble storage. Thats very nice! I do jave a router but just learning how to use it more..How did you rout that track?

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta

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#7 posted 10-01-2014 11:30 AM


Very nice! Ive made some of these just using a drill press. But never knew how to make the routed track for marble storage. Thats very nice! I do jave a router but just learning how to use it more..How did you rout that track?

- woodworkerforchrist

I used a home made circle cutting jig fitted to the router. This one is ideal for smaller circles I have even done a small hole of 3” with it. Hope this answers your question.

Pictures of my jig without the router

-- Derek, Kent, UK, http://s702.photobucket.com/albums/ww21/diggerdelaney/

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