|Project by Boxguy||posted 12-21-2015 10:55 AM||1593 views||20 times favorited||26 comments|
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Story: A friend of mine teaches elementary school. She attended a workshop several years ago, learned about this game, and has taught it to hundreds of her students through the years. For her classroom, I made a simple version of this that just had a board and a frame. It worked well, but I thought it would be fun to make an improved and more elegant version. This makes a great present for children or grandchildren, and it is really fun to play. The strategy can get pretty sophisticated at the end of a round.
Pictured is a child’s game (11 1/2’’ L x 5 1/2’’ W x 4’’ H) made of American Walnut and White Oak veneered plywood. It uses 40 marbles (8 each of 5 colors). You will need to buy two bags if you order marbles from Hobby Lobby.
This version features a deep finger lift, and White Oak corner splines.
It has a rare-earth magnet catch so you won’t loose your marbles like I did.
Installing magnets: Drill a hole that fits the magnets snuggly from the bottom and into the top. Insert the top magnet push it even with the surface of wood and super glue it into place. Let that glue dry. Now, push the bottom magnet into place. Make sure you have put the magnetic surfaces that will attract facing each other. Superglue the bottom magnet into place. Insert a dowel to plug up the hole. There are more sophisticated methods, but this way is simple and the holes and magnets always line up.
The marble holes: Like most woodworking projects, having the right tool really makes the job go well. If you are making just one of these, put this special bit on a drill press use a straight edge guide, and drill away.
However, if you are making several, make a template. I made this 6×9 template out of 1/8 plexiglass. If your template is too thick, you will not make holes that are deep enough to hold the marbles in place.
I made a quick frame with a plexiglass insert. You lay the wood on the insert, put the template over the wood and use the template to drill the holes with this tool, a spring loaded Marble Drilling Bit. The frame holds the board and template in line.
With a template, a hand drill, and this bit you can make all 40 holes in just a couple of minutes.
The oak dividers in the lid let you store the marbles you have won for a round. It also makes it easy to count your marbles.
Here are the rules for the game. I glued them to the bottom of the box.
This picture parallels the examples in the rules.
I can’t show colors here so i inserted a picture.
“The Bottom Line” Rules
Players alternate turns.
Whoever “takes” the most marbles wins.
Only the marbles at the bottom of each of the 5 columns are in play.
Choose one color and “take” all the bottom row marbles of that color.
If you take a marble and a marble of the same color is in the row directly above, you may take that marble as well.
In this example, choosing red gives you 3 marbles. The 2 from the bottom row and the one adjoining in the row directly above.
Choosing blue gives you 4 marbles, 2 from the bottom row and 2 from the adjoining rows.
Choosing green gives you just 1 marble.
-- Big Al in IN