|Project by LiveEdge||posted 03-09-2015 04:37 PM||1317 views||7 times favorited||8 comments|
This is my third Settlers of Catan board. Each time I make incremental improvements and am really happy with how this one came out. The outer ring is made from figured maple and is cut from six pieces instead of gluing down separate hexes as I did on my last board. I don’t have a bandsaw so the outer ring cuts were roughly cut with a jigsaw and then chiseled by hand. They aren’t perfect, but they are good enough and leave a few mm for any wood expansion.
I have improved on my hex cutting. One has to cut very accurate hexes or they do not fit together well. Previously I had done it with a router and jig, but this time they are all done with a miter saw. I would print a hex on paper, tape it to the wood, and then score the edges with a knife and straightedge. I would then cut along the scores with the chop saw.
The six hex types use the following woods:
Desert – figured maple
Ore – Wenge
Brick – Bloodwood
Wood – Zebrawood
Wheat – Leopardwood
Sheep – Quaking Aspen
For the first time I also cut little triangles for the ports. I’m planning on gluing small symbols for each commodity on them, but they match their respective hexes (3:1 ports are made of figured maple).
Finally I ringed the board with a band of wenge as a nice little addition.
I’ve always wanted to cut circles in the center of the hexes with a Forstner bit, but maybe that’s for version 4.0.