|Project by Boxguy||posted 02-10-2016 07:20 AM||2163 views||15 times favorited||24 comments|
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Apology: I don’t usually post projects this closely together, but I’ll be taking a short break and wanted to get this one posted while it was new to me.
Pictured: A candle box (11” x 8 3/4” x 3 1/2”) with a Sapele Pommele veneered lid quarter-sawn White Oak sides, and Black Walnut splines. This box is designed to hold 91 dominos and some accessories for the game Mexican Train, hence the title of this post. My plan was to make and sell a complete set. All the dominos, small engines, starter hub, and tile holders; everything you would need to play the game. The accessories are these:
.....small tray to hold colored engines (White Oak with Black Walnut splines)
.....divider that also acts as a pencil holder
.....Brazilian Cherry veneered game starter (7” x 6”)
.....7 Black Cherry tile holders (11×4 1/2×3/4)
Story: My sister called from Kansas. She has been playing Mexican Train with some neighbors and wanted me to make her a box to hold dominos. We talked a while and decided that a box with a sliding lid would be ideal so you could just “dump” the dominos out for the start of the game. A hinged lid would probably get in the way. I haven’t made a sliding lid box for years, so I thought this would be fun.
I sent off for a set of dominos so I could get the sizes right … Amazon is sort of magical that way. I hoped to have a complete set to sell, and a box and accessories to send to my sister. I was not impressed with the plastic starter hub and decided I would make one of wood. It was easier to make the center square if I split the hub and inserted rare earth magnets in the two halves…so I made this.
The tile holders have four 1/2 inch dados set at 10 degrees.
Dominos are heavy. I didn’t want the lid to slide open at the wrong time so I inserted rare earth magnets in the handle end and screwed a piece of iron in the 1/8” space left after cutting away the handle. The magnets grab the iron and keep the lid closed. The iron is the gold strip to the left in this picture.
I drilled through the handle down to the metal. Then inserted the magnets in the holes on the bottom and dropped super glue from above. Before it could set, I tapped the walnut dowel into the hole and down to the magnet with the lid closed. The magnet was set into place, the dowel was glued, and the dowel goes through the oak through the lid and back into the oak which reinforces and strengthens the handle that gets pulled. This makes it nearly impossible to pull the handle off of the lid.
Note: From time to time, I am fortunate enough to get some scraps from our local veneer mills. The sliding top and glued-in bottom are made from a commercially manufactured product. It is veneer on a Masonite base so it won’t warp, change, or swell. It really works well here…and is beautiful.
Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN