Settlers of Catan version 3.0

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Project by LiveEdge posted 03-09-2015 04:37 PM 1751 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 03-09-2015 06:10 PM

Probably took as long to make this as it does to finish one game. Very cool.

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 07:04 PM

Probably took as long to make this as it does to finish one game. Very cool.

- Jarmo

Actually, once you know how to set it up, a game of Catan goes faster than Monopoly.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 07:06 PM

Very cool board! I’ve wanted to make one for quite a while. Getting the hexes to work is why I haven’t tried. I always figure there’s got to be some kind of jig that would make it accurate and easy.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 09:49 PM

You have a great deal of patience. It looks fantastic ! Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 03-10-2015 02:28 AM

I love it….

Settlers is a fun game… but my wife says it brings out my uber-competitive side in a not-so-nice way :^o

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 03-10-2015 02:01 PM

Wood for Sheep!!!

I like it, especially the leopardwood. I imagine a dedicated sled for the tablesaw could help with those hexes, similar to what segmented turners use. The forstner bit cutout for the numbers is a great idea. I’m looking forward to seeing V4.0

-- Aaron, Tulsa OK

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#7 posted 03-10-2015 06:58 PM

This is great! I was only recently introduced to the game. This would make a great gift for my future son-in-law! He loves it!

-- Sawdust Developer

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#8 posted 06-22-2015 11:00 PM

I love it, great job. My wife is always wanting me to play Catan, this may make a perfect Christmas gift.

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