Aggravation Marble Game

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This marble game is called “Aggravation.” These are typically made only for 4 players. My Mother requested that I make her an 8 player version since her and a group of friends play often.
The pieces are made out of Tiger Maple and Cherry. The 8 “legs” are attached to the octagon with loose fitting dovetails which allows it to be disassembled and transported in the case I had made for her.

-- Jeremy

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#1 posted 1685 days ago

I should really make something like that for my Mom. Excellent craftsmanship!

-- Frank - Winter Garden, Florida

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#2 posted 1685 days ago

How cool that looks! Can’t say I’ve ever played it, but I’d want to since
the board looks so nice!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#3 posted 1685 days ago

Beautiful workmanship and artistic wood selection. It will be a family heirloom.

Guess I’ll have to post a marble game that I made called Joker aka Marbles and Jokers.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 1685 days ago

Great design, I like how you used the dovetails to allow for it to be broken down.


-- CKM - Minnesota

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#5 posted 1685 days ago

Very nice work and wood. It can’t be too easy to get unglued dovetails to fit that well. I haven’t seen that game before. Could you do a little blog on it to explain how it is played in case someone wants to make it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 1685 days ago

This is great work. I have seen this game for 4 people and for 6 – never for 8. But, why not? You have given me a great Christmas gift idea for next year.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 1685 days ago

Coincidentally my mother recently requested I make an Aggravation board for her. This gets me thinking “outside the box”. What did you use to make the dimples? Drill bit or router bit?


-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#8 posted 1685 days ago


-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#9 posted 1685 days ago

Well done. Great wood combination & craftsmanship.

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#10 posted 1685 days ago

I used a router to make the dimples. I tried the drill press first but it left dimples very rough and the board tended to “chatter.”
The router left a very smooth finish.

-- Jeremy

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#11 posted 1685 days ago

That is a great idea. Welocme to LJ!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 1685 days ago

Very cool set up, and fit into case. Nice job.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#13 posted 1685 days ago

nice board

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#14 posted 1685 days ago

I had to make 6 of the 4 person version for my brothers and sisters this Christmas. I have the original made by my grandfather in 1967. I created a template out of 3/16” hardboard and used a plunge router to make the holes for the marbles. Yours is the finest I’ve seen and the way you made it portable and configurable is just awesome. Definitely going to have to try one of these. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#15 posted 1685 days ago

Beautiful work. I like that you wouldn’t have to put all the sections on the board if you had less than 8 players. I’m not sure that I remember how to play the game but if I remember correctly, each player has 5 marbles that they must get in the middle of their section of the board to win the game. But you don’t have a starting place for your marbles. I know it isn’t important to the game but it would be nice to have a place to put them instead of holding them. I think I would have made each section a little longer and made one big indention on the end to hold the marbles before they enter play.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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