|Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs||posted 12-17-2014 06:48 PM||1090 views||7 times favorited||2 comments|
Every year I make Christmas presents for my sons. This year they are ages 6 and 8. The 8 year old and I are going to be building a SOF paddle board over the spring as his “big” gift, but I still wanted him to have something under the tree this year.
He loves outer space, his room is painted with a huge mural and he likes board games, especially strategy based ones. We play Quattro (last year’s gift) and Stratego alot.
So this year I decided to do a Quoridor board with a space theme. The main playing area was cut from some scrap 3/4” birch plywood with a grid of 1/4” grooves cut into it to make the 9×9 playing area. Then some scrap maple pieces were glued to the outside as the frame. I did the planets with a spray paint technique involving getting lots of wet paint in the area and using a towel or sponge to “mix” the colors together and give it texture, then throw some recycled fruit cups on there to make the circles and paint the rest black and then use a brush and white paint out of a can to “sprinkle” on the stars.
The playing pieces are die cast metal space ships I ordered online and hand painted. The bases they came with were not the greatest and too big for the 1” playing squares so I bought some poplar dowel at the local store and made up those bases which got spray painted metallic silver.
The walls are made from the same scrap maple as the edges but I just sanded those out and left them un-finished.
-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?