Rummoli game board

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Project by Chris Hamilton posted 06-19-2014 02:26 AM 8770 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a gift for friends of our family. They do a lot of entertaining and like to play Rummoli at the end of the night. When you buy the game, it comes with a cheap thin plastic board that doesn’t hold up to regular use. I told them one night that I would make a wooden board and this is the result.

I started by making a few templates until I was happy with the size and design. I included a picture of the final template. It turned out to be 22” in diameter so I decided to glue together end cuts that I had to make boards large enough. I made the boards of maple, walnut, and cherry just to keep things interesting. When the boards were ready, I traced the template and roughly cut out the the shape on my scroll saw and cleaned it up on the spindle sander. Rounded the edges with a router and glued the two sections together. I then sanded the outer edges together with my 12” disc sander until they were round. Again, I used the router with a round over bit to shape the outer edges

I had the labels made of a stainless laminated plastic. It’s the same product commonly used for desktop nameplates and door signage. I then made an inlay template from a section of clear Plexiglas so that I could see what I was doing with the router. It made lining up the inlay cuts very easy.

For the finish I used three coats of boiled linseed oil, 24hrs. apart and after 2 weeks of dry time, I hand rubbed on three coats of wipe-on poly. I installed a 12” plastic turntable on the bottom it was ready for the next gathering.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 06-19-2014 08:56 AM

Great job! They’ll enjoy it for a long time.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#2 posted 06-19-2014 11:30 AM

I have never heard of the game, but the board looks great.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-19-2014 04:37 PM

That is a great upgrade to a good game!
We played that game for hours on end but our was called Royal Rummy also known as Michigan Rummy.
Rummoli was the Canadien version of the game; probably the first one of this type of game introduced in 1940.

You really designed and built an heirloom that will last for a long time.
The build details are a good lesson for someone else to copy!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 06-19-2014 08:40 PM

TRuly very nicely done a work of art. Alistair

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#5 posted 06-19-2014 09:18 PM

Very interesting! I like the idea that you segmented the woods first! Genius work!

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#6 posted 06-20-2014 06:16 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 06-20-2014 07:29 PM

It’s a beautiful board and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 06-22-2014 03:24 AM

Thanks for the great comments. I thought I would add a few more photos of the build process.

-- Chris

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#9 posted 07-01-2014 06:27 PM

More great pics, such an intricate project

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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