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Project by jasonborthwick posted 01-21-2016 01:38 AM 904 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The project is a custom game box made for my Grandma. She loves to play Dominos and Bridge, but recently has had some health problems making holding the Dominos and playing Cards difficult. My answer to help with this comes from ideas other members presented on here.

The dominos are a double-six set made from cherry. This are 1/2” by 1” by 2” (1/2 instead of 3/8 because they are easier to pickup and hold.) They fit inside a box so it is easier to lift out and put back all the dominos at once. The inner box is finished with flocking material.

The five squares are playing card holders that will hold up to 15 cards in three rows. The deminsions are 3/8”t by 4 3/8” square. The slots are spaced 1 inch apart and are a 1/4” deep at a five degree angle. The bottle is finished with the flocking material and they can be used as drink coaster when not holding cards.

The display box is made to display the contents with 1/4” plexiglass along the length. The lid and box sides are made from the same cherry and pine that the dominos and card holders were milled from. All pieces are finished with spray poly.

Thanks for looking and for the ideas everyone shares on here.





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cracknpop

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#1 posted 01-21-2016 02:21 AM

Nice job. Way to think it through. I am sure your Grandmother loves it!

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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schugi

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#2 posted 01-21-2016 03:51 AM

Nice job of containing all of the different components. Well thought out and it looks great! What a thoughtful gift.

-- Chuck, Minnesota

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 01-21-2016 05:55 AM

VERY NEAT! She will love it!

-- just rjR

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rctomps

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#4 posted 01-21-2016 03:30 PM

Great Idea! Great job. What did you use to make the dots on the dominos?

-- Rob

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jasonborthwick

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#5 posted 01-21-2016 10:46 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I am very interested in doing woodworking that can help solve a problem for someone.

Rob, The dots or pips are made using a jig on the drill press with an 1/8inch ball nose end mill. They are then hand colored with a sharpie and then sealed under finish. I have tried quite a few ways of making them using paint, paint pen, different layers of veneer ect. I am in the process making a wood burning tip to fit my wood burner to use after or instead of drilling in future builds. Let me know if you need additional pictures or explanation and I can mock up a setup in my shop to make the process clearer.

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DeepWater

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 01:04 AM

Excellent idea! I found this project based upon your comment on my last project. Opa loves playing cards too and I think I’d like to copy your Grandmother’s bridge card holders. Please post a few more details and photos so I can “borrow” them… ;-)

And you are absolutely right, handmade gifts that our parents, relatives, and friends can actually use and enjoy are the best kinds of gifts after we give of ourselves to them!

Thanks for an inspiring idea!

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jasonborthwick

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#7 posted 09-20-2016 12:40 AM

DeepWater the only pictures I have are the two above. The box is in Wyoming and I’m in Florida. Here are the details on the sizing and how they made.
The five squares are playing card holders that will hold up to 15 cards in three rows. The deminsions are 3/8”t by 4 3/8” square. The slots are spaced 1 inch apart and are a 1/4” deep at a five degree angle. The bottle is finished with the flocking material and they can be used as drink coaster when not holding cards.

Basically dimension a board long enough to make as many squares as you like. Tilt blade to 5 degrees and cut the amount of slots you want and crosscut each square to length.

My next set will be thicker as to make a deeper slot about 3/8 deep so there will be less chance of someone with grip issues knocking over other cards and showing their hand.

Good luck and let me know if you need anything else.

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