|Project by CottonWire||posted 12-31-2009 10:30 PM||1369 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
This is the first project I’ve posted to Lumberjocks (and do so with a modicum of reservation!) and wasn’t sure I should do it. My sis and her husband like to play an old family game with the “six dot” domino sets called “42.” We’ve spent days at a time on the Oregon coast, watching the ocean, reading, relaxing AND playing “42” for hours. It’s kind of like Pinochle (bidding, trumps, following suit, etc.) but moves a little faster and the dominos are a little more tactile than cards to hold in your hand.
I got the idea for doing an over-sized set in wood some months ago and started this box as a “test” project. As it progressed along, I started to feel good enough about it to think it might finish up well enough to give to them for a Christmas present. The wood is simple fir (mostly straight-grained) with the inset in the lid and the plugs in the dominos made of cedar. The finish is many coats of spray lacquer, lightly sanded between coats. There are twenty-eight dominoes in the set, so the box is separated into four quadrants of seven pieces in each, by removable dividers. The bottom is covered with green felt.
The camera used for the graphics is a Canon Rebel digital SLR but taking these kinds of pictures is something I’m really poor at. I did take the time to read some of the blog notes about picture-taking, but I’m still a real green bean about it. Maybe in time . . .
Box dimensions are about 12” x 9” x 3” and the individual dominos are 2” x 4” x ¾” I took the time to make replicable jigs for the cutting, drilling and plugs. All the design templates were generated in Microsoft Visio, then printed to clear acetate sheets on a laser printer. It made the process pretty involved, but I think I could do another set, start to finish, in a fairly reasonable period of time. I think the next set will be done in hickory and cedar. We’ll see.
The dominos play really well – and are fun to use since they’re twice the size of a normal set. One of the best things about them is that they are made of wood and therefore feel great in your hands.
Ok, that’s about it. Hope the pix are good enough to see the set (and not so good you see all the flaws!) Lumberjocks has sure been a source of inspiration and fun for me. I’m grateful my good friend shared it with me!
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