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Project by Richard posted 01-10-2010 12:42 AM 1753 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Upon presenting my first sudoku board to my sister as her Christmas gift she explained how the game works. I started to play it myself. Every time I visited I ended up playing a few rounds and promptly became addicted. So I made myself one. The box and game board are made of solid Red Oak with dove tail joints. The pegs are a Rockler product made from maple. I stained everything with General finishes gel stain and used oil based paint for the lines. I topped it off with General Finishes semi-gloss arm-r-seal. I think staining the pegs was by far the most tedious part of the whole deal. Thanks for looking.





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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 12:51 AM

Rich,

Do the pegs just sit in their squares or are they magnetic or something? I was wondering if the board was bumped or turned quickly would the pegs fall over? I would LOVE to make something like this and your box construction is very nice!

Great choice for the finish as well – very regal.

Great Work!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Richard

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 01:04 AM

Bob,
The pegs just rest in holes drilled into the board. Here are a few pics to make it clear

Also Rockler has free plans in PDF form for the whole thing here. I made a few adjustments but it does help to have a starting point.

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richgreer

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 01:20 AM

Very nice.

I also made the same game for my sister for Christmas.

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 01:26 AM

Nice looking board you made. My wife would like that form the looks of this

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

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Karson

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 01:30 AM

I’ve got a few people that could use one of those. Some real Sudoko fanatics.

Very nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Richard

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#6 posted 01-10-2010 01:43 AM

Thanks for the comments. At a glance the game appears boring. But let me tell you it is quite addictive. There are plenty of websites the you can get free puzzles from. Rather than printing them I just transfer the numbers to the board. I also find the different colored numbers make it easier on the eyes than pen and paper. I will probably have to make a set for my Dad as well now that he has tried his hand at the game too.

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#7 posted 01-10-2010 03:04 AM

Nice job! Should provide many hours of enjoyment! My wife might like one of these too.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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KnotCurser

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#8 posted 01-10-2010 03:45 AM

Rich,

As a rabid fan as well, I only have one suggestion if you make another box – you may want to make every third line a little thicker to easily be able to identify the “inner blocks” that also have to contain only 1-9.

Did that make sense? Hope so. Maybe this link would make things clearer: http://www.galois.com/~lerkok/media/Sudoku.png Notice how every third line is much thicker than the others.

Once again – GREAT WORK!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Richard

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#9 posted 01-10-2010 03:58 AM

Hey bob,
I did make every third line a bit wider. Unfortunately not quite wide enough to notice after paint. I will be painting them a different color because my eyes get lost in the grid. On my first board i just used a clear coat and left the colors natural. The sharp contrast in colors there made it much easier to see. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Bill729

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#10 posted 01-10-2010 09:43 AM

Nicely done! Thank you for sharing! If I was making one for myself, I think I’d include about 4 extra holes near each peg hole for “guessing”. Probably have to make the pegs smaller though. Yours looks great.

Bill

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 01-10-2010 10:24 PM

That would be a good project to some nice banding for inlaying the lines ;-)

-- "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 01-10-2010 10:31 PM

Great idea and excellent execution! Will have to keep that in mind for the next gift cycle…..So many like this game including me….Thank you for sharing this with us.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 01-15-2010 04:24 AM

Lovely! There is a free Sudoku game on the internet called “Simple Sudoku” it’s really well thought out and taked all the tedium out of the game, try it Richard.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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