|Project by drewpy||posted 11-07-2014 02:19 AM||1380 views||8 times favorited||8 comments|
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.
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