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Connect Four a.k.a. That's a lot'a holes!

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Project by hotncold posted 04-04-2015 11:45 PM 2153 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Granddaughter turned 4 today and when trying to decide on something I could make for her birthday, this Connect Four game came to mind (???)

I remember that my daughter liked this game when she was young. I also wanted it to be nicer than those plastic versions so this one has Walnut, Maple and Purpleheart sides and base. Those pieces were dado’d to accept the interior playing sruface. The interior surface (with the 42 holes with 1/8” roundover) is 1/4” MDF painted with white enamel.

Pretty simple project but it came out really nice with the “exotic woods” used for accents and clear lacquer really makes those woods shine.
I also cut 1-1/8” dowel rods into 1/4” slices to make the playing pieces. Half were painted red and 1/2 black. Sanding all of the “fuzz” of these pieces took a little time.

Not shown in the pics, I also made a “hinged case” of 1/4” ply lined with black felt and a rare earth magnet epoxied in to keep it closed.

On a “related note”...my first anniversary on LJ was last month…and I missed it!! My favorite woodworking site on the net!!

Thanks for looking!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee





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SPalm

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#1 posted 04-05-2015 12:19 AM

Sweet. What a good idea. Yours looks great.
But ya, that is a lot of holes.

Steve

Oh, and happy birthday.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Tooch

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#2 posted 04-05-2015 01:24 AM

looks real nice. did you glue anything on the inside to keep the pieces in the columns ?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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hotncold

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#3 posted 04-05-2015 01:49 AM

Thanks Steve. It was fun to build and fun to watch them playing with it. They didn’t understand the “game” but they liked “filling it up” and “dumping it out”!!

Tooch, yes there are MDF strips approximately 5/16” thick between each column…otherwise the game wouldn’t work!:)

Here is a pic of the kids playing…and the storage case is under the game base…

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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kiefer

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#4 posted 04-05-2015 02:47 AM

Very nice looking game board but I had no clue how the game is supposed to work .
I looked it up and yes I can see how young and old would enjoy it .
Here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connect_Four
Nice job making it it looks first class .

Happy Easter

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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WoodNSawdust

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#5 posted 04-05-2015 02:59 AM

A great project and one your granddaughter will keep forever.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 04-05-2015 03:07 AM

Fantastic! Children, and Grandchildren, are a great blessing.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#7 posted 04-05-2015 12:29 PM

Very good Dennie. The kiddos luv it I see. Yep, that is a lotta holes. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#8 posted 04-05-2015 02:44 PM

great job on the game, looks a lot better than the plastic ones.

-- Smitty!!!

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#9 posted 04-05-2015 04:22 PM

That is really cool. Great job

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#10 posted 04-05-2015 06:04 PM

What a creative idea and an heirloom for the kids. Hope you have your name and a date on it for posterity! What a great job on this project! I’m sure you get a lot of reward seeing the kids play with it.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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hotncold

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#11 posted 04-05-2015 07:42 PM

Thanks for all of your comments everyone. I really appreciate it.

Jerry – I can’t take credit for the idea on this one; just the execution…and I keep forgetting to autograph these things! Thanks for the reminder. (How about those Badgers?)

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#12 posted 04-07-2015 01:34 AM

Really great Dennie…....I’ve been waiting for someone to make this…........you done well!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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hotncold

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#13 posted 04-07-2015 02:08 AM

Thanks Jeff – really appreciate your comments always!
Simple project but don’t tell Olivia…

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#14 posted 04-08-2015 12:14 AM

Very cool and beautiful work.

-- Fail to plan and you are planning to fail. Ben Franklin

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