Another Joker Game

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Project by ajosephg posted 01-30-2010 01:48 AM 17115 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my design of the Joker game that is popular around here. This version has individual boards to match the number of players, in this case up to six. What I set out to do was to make the pivots coaxial with the end marble hole so that the hole to hole spacing is equal no matter how many boards are connected. This turned out harder to do than expected. I was happily constructing away using 1/2 inch plywood and was amost done when I dropped one of the boards and it happened to hit on the end with the pivot – and a piece broke out.

Back to the drawing board. I thought that maybe solid wood would be stronger so I milled some oak down to a 1/2 inch thick. Same story – I dropped one and it also broke.

Next I tried the final design and it is robust enough to withstand drops to a concrete floor. As can be seen, I put a 3/4 inch dowel at the pivot point which adequately supports the thin end grain.

The carrying case allows for compact storage of the boards as well as the marbles and playing cards. (One deck of cards per player is required.) I sprayed the inside of the box with red flock from Rockler.

This was a learning experience. I had never performed pattern routing before – and it was an expensive learning curve as I ended up buying 2 routers, new router table, a stand for the router table, a dovetail jig, and that led to an assembly table – by the time it was done I think it cost me a $1000, LOL. Oh, I also built a drilling jig to drill the marble holes using a Rockler marble drilling bit. If I build anymore of these I am going to use a 1/2 inch round router bit, as the marble bit is slow going because it plugs up with wood chips, and doesn’t make a real smooth hole, especially if you raise the grain.

-- Joe

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 01:55 AM

Fantastic design! You really need to patent this if at all possible!


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#2 posted 01-30-2010 02:10 AM

I’ve seen these and thought about making this version. Most of the people who play around here have 6-sided MDF drilled and painted. So now I’m getting requests for the round ones. I like these. The portability by itself is worth ot. As far as the investment, that”s usually how it goes. My most expensive projects have started with free lumber!

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 02:15 AM

Hi Ajosepf… I have no idea what this is….but the craftmanship is remarkable. Great job. Dale

-- Dale, Michigan, objects scare wife scares me too.

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 04:36 AM

Unique project

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 05:29 AM

Cool looking design. Anther game I will have to look up. LumberJocks is a great place to learn about new games it seems.

Thanks for the quick review about the bit as I have contemplated buying one for a few of the games I am making.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 05:46 AM

I hope it works better – I’ll make a new jig and use it with a plunge router with a bushing. Hopefully the chips won’t get in the other jig holes. Vacuum should suck them up, maybe.

If you can’t find rules on the net, let me know. I could send you a pdf copy of them.

-- Joe

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 05:54 PM

Like Robert said “My most expensive projects have started with free lumber!” and a comment that “I know you could make this.”

You know you are an LJ when…


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#8 posted 01-18-2018 11:04 PM

Very nice! I have made other versions, but I like this one! Good job!

-- Blessings! FarmerJeff - - - Hinckley, IL USA - -

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