Tock Board... it's a game board!!

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Project by ellen35 posted 02-03-2010 09:10 PM 11746 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was “commissioned” to make something called a “tock board” by someone who bought some of my cutting boards at Christmas time. I had no idea what it looked like or how to play but the woman who wanted it had vacationed in Costa Rica and enjoyed playing the game. I am sure there are other LJs who know what this game is but I haven’t a clue!
I made the board using maple and walnut with a purpleheart stripe as she really likes purpleheart. I had to make a template for the marble “cups” – that was about the most difficult part for me initially but it worked out very well. I finished it with 2 coats of wipe on poly and then waxed it. It really is a pretty simple project, but I managed to complicate it as best I could! I alternated grain on the ripped strips and used the biscuit joiner for the end grain and along the lengths.
Thanks to all the LJs who gave me advice on this. I’ll be making a cloth bag to hold the board and the marbles used to play the game.
Thanks for looking!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 09:19 PM

really great job Ellen, did that take a special bit for the cups?

here is one version of an explanation for the game of Tock.

-- Smitty!!!

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 09:22 PM

came out great Ellen, the grain on the walnut and the purpleheart looks splendid! nice grain orientation on everything

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 09:22 PM

here is another site that sells the game, I like your version much better.

-- Smitty!!!

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 09:26 PM

Ellen you “Tock” to much LOL This is a very cool board . I’ve never heard of the game before. This one is great.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 09:27 PM

what a great job ellen..ive been waiting to see this..i bet its got to be fun to play…we grew up with fact i look for all of mine sometimes…lol…......good job…worth waiting for….....griSSman…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 09:32 PM

What a lovely reminder of her vacation. Well done!

-- When you know better you do better.

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 10:27 PM

Another great project Ellen!
Your wood selection is super!
That purpleheart strip really sets it off.
It was funny reading your comment about making an easy project more difficult.
I thought I was the only one who did that.

Great Job !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 11:00 PM

That is Beautiful, Ellen! I’ve never heard of that game either, but I suspect locating all the cups precisely must have been quite a challenge… Great Job!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 11:17 PM

Great job Ellen I like the different wood.

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#10 posted 02-04-2010 01:58 AM

This looks like a fine piece of workmanship. And now I have another game to check out. My family is “game crazy” and they love it when I introduce new games to them.

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

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 04:06 AM

Well done. Very nice wood combination.

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 04:55 AM

I don’t know what it does, but it looks good.

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#13 posted 02-04-2010 04:57 AM

now i hope when you make the bag for this..its not in the wood shop…...cuz i figure a sewing machine is coming into the picture..if it don’t make saw don’t belong in the shop…lol…...i did take a sewing class in high school…broke the needle…when i went to change it..i accidentally hit the petal..and the large broken part went through my finger… about exciting….ye haw on that one…lol…......just don’t sew to much…its belittling of a wood worker…lol….griSSMAN….......

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 02-04-2010 05:00 AM

ellen ,
this is a beautiful board !

i lived in costa rica for 2 years ,
and never heard of tock ,

but i sure drank a lot of rum (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 02-04-2010 05:37 AM

Hey Ellen,

Looks great. Might be worth learning the game.

-- Kate,

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