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Project by Brett StClair posted 04-21-2014 03:42 PM 1844 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2 more boards completed…

1st
Board – Walnut burl Veneer over 1/2” baltic birch plywood.
Base and Rail – 1/2” Oak Plywood with dark grain fill

2nd
Ottowa Senators Themed
All painted 1/2” baltic birch plywood

Many coats of Mohawk Piano Lacquer rubbed out flat on both.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein





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PaulDoug

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#1 posted 04-21-2014 05:09 PM

Very nice work. I’ve never heard of the game, guess I need to do some research.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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mrsKennyMak

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 02:22 AM

Both very cool, and the walnut burl is gorgeous!
Have you made wooden discs, or (gasp!) do you play with coins?

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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Brett StClair

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 03:57 PM

Thanks for the comments!

MrsKennyMak, I would not risk the finish on the these boards using anything other than wooden discs. It is possible to make them but I do not. I get mine from a disc supplier. It would be too time consuming to make them plus it would be difficult to consistently get the concave / convex faces without having custom (and presumably expensive) tooling.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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Kelly

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 12:36 PM

I love this game… used to play it as kids. I’m tempted to try and build one but it does look a little intimidating. Any suggestions where to start. The one you have here looks great but might be a little to nice for grandkids (-:

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Brett StClair

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 04:55 PM

Kelly,
It is a bit intimidating at first so…
Checkout http://woodgears.ca/crokinole/
On that site Matthias shows you how to build a simpler, less time consuming, but yet still nice version that would be great for the slightly more destructive crowd (i.e. toddlers, teenagers, and drunk people :-).
Good luck with your efforts and please share it with us here when you are done.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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nogeel

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#6 posted 09-14-2015 03:36 AM

Brett, I know your mentioned on one of you other boards that you used a circle jig to do the circle lines. I would just wonder how did you cut the straight lines so perfectly? Did you just use a straight edge as a guide and plunge it or did you make some sort of Jig to help you get it right every time?

-- Jeff, Tennessee

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Brett StClair

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#7 posted 10-01-2015 05:28 PM

nogeel,
essentially yes, I just used a straight edge. actually it was 2 because I wanted to make sure that the router base was captured between 2 straight edges so that it didn’t wander. if you are careful you can do it with one.
It helped a lot to make a jig that was 2 parallel straight edges that were permanently spaced the diameter of my bosch colt router base. (smaller router is easier to control). If you are only making one board making a jig may be overkill but as long as you are building one you might as well build several. they make great gifts. hence building a jig is worthwhile.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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nogeel

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#8 posted 08-27-2016 01:16 AM

Brett,

Did you do the Helsinki brothers design of making the base out of the scraps from cutting the deck or did you do something else? Your boards are incredible and the standard I am working to make mine.

-- Jeff, Tennessee

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Brett StClair

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#9 posted 08-27-2016 03:10 AM

Jeff,
Thanks for the great comment!
I did not use their method of scraps for the base. I figured that was kinda their signature move. Plus I find that I like the look of my 6 piece segmented base. My personality always leans toward symmetry anyway. Also I find that it doesn’t use that much more material from a sheet of plywood.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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nogeel

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#10 posted 08-27-2016 05:14 AM

If you don’t mind me asking, what was your method for the base? Did you cut and glue the segments the make then use a router or bandsaw to make it round?

Thanks so much for answering questions on this.

-- Jeff, Tennessee

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Brett StClair

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#11 posted 08-27-2016 01:56 PM

Jeff,
yes. I cut the segments, biscuit jointed and glued the mating surfaces for better structure (because it’s only 1/2” plywood) then I cut the outer diameter with a band saw.
I do end up cleaning up this outer diameter with a belt sander but if you cut careful enough you dont need to as the narrow rail strip covers this cut edge.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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