Dominoes Box

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Project by drewpy posted 11-07-2014 02:19 AM 1380 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone. I’ve never really liked the tin box our set of Mexican Train Dominoes came with so I decide to make one. That also led to replacing the plastic trains and the hub, but more about that in a few.

It is made of Wenge and Lacewood and measures 11×5 1/4×3 1/2.

I put a shelf in to hold the trains and a slot to hold the hub. The hub was the real challenge. I don’t have a scroll saw and tried to make one several times and they just didn’t turn out. A neighbor of mine does engraving with a laser machine so I paid him a visit. His machine could cut 1/4 wood. I designed the hub, saved it to PDF and he loaded it into his software and we were off. Wow, what precise great cuts. I cut in half so that it would fit into the slot in the box instead of sitting and sliding on top. It has lacewood veneer that was also used on the shelf and floor. The two parts of the hub are held together, when playing, using earth magnets. The lid is also held shut using earth magnets.

I bought the metal trains on ebay for $5 with free shipping.

I used water based poly on the wenge so that the lighter color streaks wouldn’t darken and used oil on the lacewood to bring out the rich color. I really like how the colors turned out.

Scraps of wenge were used to make a block with a little lacewood pull to hold the dominoes tight when in transit. Just pull it out and then you can easily start grabbing stacks of dominoes.

Thanks for looking.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 11-07-2014 02:33 AM

Beautifully done re-make! You’ll be smiling at your work every game you play!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 11-07-2014 03:12 AM

nice box. The woods look great together.

-- Larry - Illinois

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#3 posted 11-07-2014 04:56 AM

Great funtional piece. Thanks for showing us.

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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#4 posted 11-07-2014 04:01 PM

Stellar job on the box…..Beautifully done…..We play Mexican Train all the time..When my grandkids come to visit, they want to play….We’ve done it for years, and now they are grown….But they still want to play….That’s a neat idea on the box…..I don’t like the tin box, either…..too noisy…..

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#5 posted 11-07-2014 10:28 PM

Did it cost you to get the hub for the gane cut?

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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#6 posted 11-08-2014 01:26 AM

Dave, he cut five hubs out of a piece of wood for me. In return I helped him ship out some orders he needed to fill that afternoon. It was a good day.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 11-08-2014 02:52 AM

Wonderful box. I want to make some domino’s from wood

-- Norman

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#8 posted 04-10-2016 12:33 PM

This is another beautifully designed box and so well 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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