|Project by JudsonTN||posted 05-18-2014 03:10 AM||1051 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
I finally made something that I have been wanting to do for years but life just got in the way. A few years ago, my family took a trip to Williamsburg, VA and at one of the tavern/restaurants they bring out games to play while you eat. We played shut the box for the first time and loved it. I knew that I wanted to make one one day, but I knew that it would be tough with my circular saw and a hammer (total extent of my woodworking tools at the time).
Fast forward a few years and now I have a nice little shop set up and it was time to make the game.
Since it was really straight forward, I just designed it as I went along and the family loves it so mission accomplished.
It is made out of some beautiful maple with a mdf bottom covered in black velvet. I made the dice and used my daughters wood burner for the dots. I cut the tiles out and used a coat hanger for the hinge to pivot on. The numbers are some of my wife’s scrapbooking numbers. I finished it with Watco Danish oil and a top coat of General Finished Arm-R-Seal.
This is now on my list to make for some family members Christmas gifts.
Thanks for looking…Judson A few extra notes of things I should have included the first time
Traditionally, the game was only 1-9 and then some variants went up to 10 or 12. I decided to go ahead and make 12 tiles, because we just go ahead and shut 10-12 when we want to play the 1-9 version.
The version we like to play the best is using all 12 tiles. The goal it close all the tiles and “Shut the Box” We roll two dice and we can either lay down the total of the two dice on one tile or we can lay down each dice as a tile. Example, If we rolled a 5 on one die and a 2 on the other. We could either lay down the 7 or we could lay down the 5 and the 2. You have to roll both dice until you have shut 7-12 and then you can opt to just roll one. When you can’t lay down any more tiles, your turn is over and you add up the face value of the tiles still up and that is your score. Lowest score wins.
The box is 12×12 x 3 and is about 7/8” wide. The dice are made of maple as well.
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