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Project by Dan Krager posted 09-11-2015 11:21 PM 1657 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a game box and game “board” I built in exchange for a near semi load of ancient air dried walnut, cherry, and miscellaneous wood like catalpa, from which I made the game board pieces. It’s very very soft and stringy. The empty part of the tray is sized to hold eight decks of cards, required for the game but not present for the picture. The game board is made of up to eight pieces (six shown in play) and can be arranged to fit any shape table. The little game piece holder can be removed from the tray and passed around for people to transfer their pieces to the game board. The game is called Pegs and Jokers and is very similar to a popular game called “Sorry”. It is different from others in that I carved instead of colored the paths, and used a “flag pole” piece to indicate the players color.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#1 posted 09-11-2015 11:55 PM

Very nice looking box—I like the corner treatments!

And that’s a heck of a deal you got on that mountain of lumber! If they have any more they want to get rid of, they can send it my way!

-- Dean

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#2 posted 09-12-2015 12:00 AM

Absolutely beautiful Dan. I’ve never heard of the game, but who wouldn’t enjoy playing it using the board you’ve made. Wonderful storage box too.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 09-12-2015 12:14 AM

Dan Dan Dan! This is genius, brilliant. I am loving this.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 09-12-2015 12:41 AM

great looking box Dan, I am playing around with Catalpa right , making a bandsaw box, Catalpa is very soft and light, easy to work with.

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 09-12-2015 12:52 AM

Great work Dan! Everything about this “board” looks good: carving, shaping, fit and finish – job well done.

Now, how about negotiating my next lumber purchase??

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 09-12-2015 01:07 AM

Whoever got this game box got a bargain Dan. Wouldn’t be surprised if you got a few inquiries about making some more! Nice work, great carving, great finish.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 09-12-2015 03:01 AM

Wow Dan, that’s impressive. Such a creative guy.

-- Jhopewell, New Hampshire,

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#8 posted 09-12-2015 05:07 AM

How about a picture of the semi load of wood? Nice project BTW!

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#9 posted 09-12-2015 06:47 AM

This is High-Dollar stuff, Dan. It looks kinda like Cribbage on steroids. Beautiful work.
This is the kind of thing you’d find in Sharper Image. Seriously. Make some more. Get them in there. You’ve got a money-maker here.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 09-12-2015 08:55 AM

What’s not to love?! It’s easy to see you put a lot of time, effort and love into this build, Dan. The game is new to me, as well. I like the versatility of the ‘board’. What do you mean by ‘a “flag pole” piece to indicate the players color’? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 09-12-2015 12:51 PM

Great build Dan! Adding the carving was definitely a bonus. Although I never played the game it brought back memories of playing Sorry at your house.

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#12 posted 09-12-2015 02:01 PM

Great work, Dan!
I’m no gamer, but I love the carved details you added. Wish JL could show larger resolution photos. The catalpa looks fabulous with brass!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Dan Krager

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#13 posted 09-12-2015 02:30 PM

Thanks, one and all. I do have another box lurking, and it will be available at the local arts and craft show late this month. If I asked four times the going rate for the “ordinary” game, I’d make about $2 per hour! The lurking box is a black cherry wood, with brown felt liner when finished, otherwise the same as pictured. All the board pieces were laid out for cutting and drilling by template. It took almost a week of tinkering (yes, it’s in Skietchup) to get all the pieces to fit compactly. It’s surprisingly difficult to find the little game pieces. Glad I eventually gave up on using golf tees.

Terry, this box is classic old growth American black walnut. The picture does not really show the lovely pink cast to parts of the grain. The linking board pieces are catalpa with clear lacquer rubbed out, but I oiled the box.

The wood has been stored, buried, and a good portion used already. No pics readily available.

In the last picture, Candy, you can see a pin sitting in the middle of nowhere. That’s the flag pole that establishes the color that player is using. As the pins move around the board based on cards drawn, one “needs” to keep track of who is where for the best strategies. Most board makers paint the path in the users color, but I could carve it almost as fast as painting it. Google “Pegs and Jokers” for the “competition” and rules.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#14 posted 09-12-2015 02:33 PM

Oops, I stand corrected. LOL. walnut looks great with brass!
I love how walnut can be slightly yellow, reddish, more black, etc…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#15 posted 09-12-2015 06:59 PM

Sounds like a good trade to me.
That game came out really nicely.
Everybody is all oooing & ahhhing over those HD corner brasses….
They make it look nice, but…
I like the board pieces and the carving and the detail touches.

Good job Dan

-- Eric, central Florida

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