Mancala Game Board

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Project by Scrappys_Squirt posted 09-06-2009 08:33 AM 5215 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’m back here with my latest project. It’s a folding Mancala board, with hinges and a latch to keep it closed. The wood I chose was Padauk, it measures about 24 X 6 inches when laid open flat and is about 3/4 inch thick. I used a router and template to make the holes with a 1/2 inch round nose bit, then chiseled the bottoms of the holes smoother. I then sanded it and put on 2 coats of Minwax paste finishing wax. The hinges and latch were from a box I got at a thrift store. The stones I used are tigers eye beads. I really like it and think I’ll be making some more for presents here sometime this fall. All comments and critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking, and thanks again Dad (Scrappy) for the use of your tools and knowledge!!


-- Amanda

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#1 posted 09-06-2009 08:56 AM

Wow! What a suprize! I didn’t know you made that! OH Wait….That’s what you were doing in my shop!

Came out nice. The holes went a lot better once I found my router guide and used a template huh?

Great job Sguirt. You are getting the hang of this woodworking stuff.

Love haveing you over to work and play in the shop.

See you soon.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 09-06-2009 12:00 PM

I see that the two halves were once one.,. book matched ends at the hinge end.. cool
But what is a Mancala board.. maybe I will google it.
Nice routing.. I would have used a bowl/dish bit.
Over all not a bad effort, if fact it seems pretty durn purdy lol

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 09-06-2009 03:33 PM

Looks like Scrappy better make more room at the shop for a partner. Nice job Amanda. Now that scrappy is spending his time at the lathe, you should have lots of others tools to play with. Keep up the good work.

-- John @

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#4 posted 09-06-2009 04:04 PM

hi amanda, we used to play this game at the rec centers when i was a very young boy. it is very addicting. we used dried up lima beans for the pieces. you did a wonderful job. the padauk wood and finish look great. thanks for sharing ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#5 posted 09-06-2009 10:53 PM

Nice jog and a pretty piece of wood.
Many years ago I made those and some other wooden board games for my nieces and nephews. They are great Xmas Gifts.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 09-06-2009 10:56 PM

very unique game board.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 05-17-2010 02:47 PM

Very nice looking.

I’ve been researching this game. I’m curios your play on this board to date. Are there any changes you’d make on the next one you might build? Do you have any unique rules to your play, or is it basic?

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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