|Project by dgom||posted 01-15-2016 04:38 PM||1412 views||10 times favorited||7 comments|
My wife enjoys a good game of mancala so I made her a game board for Christmas.
The wood is most likely ash that originally served as legs for a sofa table. With the router I made the shallow pits using a 10 mm half round router bit and a router template that was made from a piece of particle board. The small half round bit is the only one I have in this shape and it would probably be better using a larger one for future similar projects. Anyway, I’m quite happy wih the resulting pits.
I didn’t want to use any metal parts so a wooden hinge was fabricated. It needed some fine tuning before allowing me to open and close the game board without resistance.
I had a lot of thoughts about the locking mechanism (I didn’t want to use any metal parts here either) and I’m satisfied with how the leather strap solution came out.
Finally the piece was polished with home made beeswax wood polish.
Black-eyed beans are used as playing pieces and are placed in and transferred about the pits during play.