Cathedral Game

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Project by SPalm posted 09-19-2014 04:15 PM 4045 views 36 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by a special young man to make a Cathedral game. This is a game that has been around for a long time and played by millions. To play the game the walnut Cathedral piece is placed first and then the cherry player tries to place his pieces and gain more land than the maple player.

I did some googling and found out the number and sizes of the pieces. I then milled up some sticks around an inch square. I took a couple of each wood type and beveled the top to a 30 degree angle to make the roofs. Then onto the table saw with stop blocks to crosscut them into 1, 2, and 3 segment lengths. I did a dry fit on the bench to make sure I had enough of each type to make all of the pieces. Then I sanded, glued them together, and buffed and waxed them.

I made the playing board out of solid cherry with maple inlays. I made the grooves for the inlays with a thin kerf blade on the table saw. The frame is out of tiger maple. This was finished with several coats of wipe on poly.

Thanks for looking,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 09-19-2014 04:24 PM

It looks very good.


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#2 posted 09-19-2014 04:26 PM

Very Cool Steve, had never heard of it, looks like you did a wonderful job I’m sure that special young man will love it!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 04:29 PM

Looks great, nice job! Looks like a fun game to play too.

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#4 posted 09-19-2014 04:59 PM

I’ve never heard of that game either and I love the fact that it’s all wooden…and your inlays are GREAT!
Nice job Steve!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 09-19-2014 05:16 PM

Looks really nice and probably a fun game too. I like the tiger maple box sides, a nice touch.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 09-19-2014 05:38 PM

thats kewl, i’m gonna have to look that up, our famliy loves playing board games

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

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#7 posted 09-19-2014 05:47 PM

Very nice job Steve.
And it looks like a fun game…hmmm

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#8 posted 09-19-2014 05:52 PM

Huh. Never heard of that game before. After looking up the rules it looks like it could be fun. Might have to make a set for myself!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 09-19-2014 05:59 PM

this is awesome. do you have the site that listed the specs and number of pieces and sizes! what a great game, and gift.


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#10 posted 09-19-2014 06:19 PM

Thanks everyone. It was fun to make. The rules are all over on the net, but the vertical shapes of the playing pieces was a bit harder to come up with. I used the following two pics the most. I think between them and the pics above of mine you could come up with it. Remember that there are 14 pieces per side, and that the Academy and the Abby are mirror images for the maple and cherry sets. The Tavern, Stable, and Inn are doubled in both sets.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 09-19-2014 06:59 PM

Very Interesting… Have never seen this before… I’m in the Minority, I guess! LOL

Looks like it would be a fun project…

Looks like you could just cut some 1×1 strips… cut & glue to get all parts made…
... obviously oversimplified…


Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 09-19-2014 08:20 PM

Very nice! This is one of the games that has been on my list to make.

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#13 posted 09-19-2014 08:25 PM

Iam with Joe,
Looks facinating to play and make but…...what happens if I trip over and spill all the parts out?

I would have to supply it in a plastic bag and a vacant board !!

Like other LJs I too may make it….... for the Grandchildren

Steve a very well presented project in every aspect!!

-- Regards Robert

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#14 posted 09-19-2014 08:32 PM

That’s funny Rob. When you go to the Cathedral home page, the #1 frequently asked question is “How do I get it back in the box?”. Their answer is where the picture in post #10 comes from (Cathedral Pack).

I thought about making a box to contain it all, but hey…


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 09-19-2014 09:00 PM

I have never heard of this but my kids would love it ! Ok, I’m one of those kids !

-- TMF

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