Easy to make dominoes

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Project by Bernspen posted 08-24-2016 12:05 AM 1041 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Easy to make dominoes.

Take some 2×6 or 2×8 stock, and cut them to lengths. The 2×6 is really 5 ½, so you want 11 ½ inch lengths; the 2×8 is 7 ¼ wide, so you want 15 inch lengths. After you cut them to length, cut an eighth inch deep, ½ inch wide dado across the center. That should give you a square section on each end of the domino, plus the dado in the center.

Layout the holes. Type “dominoes” into Google images and you’ll get lots of sample layouts. (I went to double sixes, but if you REALLY like to paint little white dots, feel free to go to double twelves). I went to the drill press with a forstner bit, and went down about an eighth of inch to create a pocket for the white paint for each dot, but if I were to do it again, I note Michaels/Hobby Lobby sells little bags of unpainted wooden discs.

I sprayed all the dominos black. Then I put some white paint in a squeeze bottle – like an old restaurant ketchup bottle. – and squirted a dollop of white pain onto each dot. I used a small brush to make sure the paint oozed up onto the sides of the holes I made with the forstner. Also squirted some paint into the dados, and brushed them out. You’re going to get some paint outside the holes/dados, but that, my friends, is why God invented black Sharpies!

A shoutout to Jerry, from whom I stole the idea:

-- We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 12:19 AM

I like Dominos and make lots of hardwood sets for people for indoor use. If I was to make any for outdoor play, I would use 1/4” plywood to make them out of. 2×6 or 2×8 would wear a person out just playing the game. JMHO

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 12:21 AM

My scrap pile was a lot of 2 by’s. You make a good point.

-- We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 12:25 PM

Nice work, nothing wrong with the players getting a little work out.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 08-27-2016 02:23 AM

Nice job!

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