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Project by John Olsen posted 10-10-2014 03:20 AM 1832 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This year, I’ve been making various board games for friends. I always make two, then give one away. Turns out I had enough dowels and square stock to make four sets of Quarto playing pieces, so I ended up making four games using two completely different styles of box.

I had a nice slab of walnut from my wife’s grandparent’s yard. It had cupped while drying, but I was able to get two nice lids out of it. One of them is shown with maple trim and walnut keys at the corners. The other two are rustic cherry with mahogany trim, and the same walnut keys at the corners.

The close-up shows the corners. On the cherry boxes, I mitered them, but then cut out the corner and did a walnut inlay.

Some of the light playing pieces are maple, and some are fir.

For the playing board, I just drilled part way through with a forstner bit rather than doing the two color effect of drilling all the way through and having a second lid layer. I just have to put up with the center dimples. I filled one set of them, but didn’t really like the look of the filled centers.

While making the light colored box, I thought to myself, “I’ll put a groove in the sides for the base, cut the base out, then glue it all up.” I then proceeded immediately to the gluing minus the dado and base. Change in plans. Time to glue a base on, then add walnut trim around the base for camouflage.

On the cherry boxes, I remembered the grooves, but had to trim down the sides for the base to fit properly. The lids are a little more loose than I had planned, but still do well.

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 05:39 AM

Nice work. Looks like a good idea for those pesky scraps one cannot bring them selves to throw away ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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