Backgammon board

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Project by michiganmark posted 1661 days ago 2992 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother Scott and wife play backgammon every day and for Christmas last year I decided to make them this board. If I knew the hours it would of taken to put this together, I would have started much earlier in the year. The field is made of walnut that my grandfather had milled from a tree on his property, mahagoney, boxwood and birds eye maple. The glue up was a major issue, I am glad I made extra pieces, alot of slippage.

-- Michiganmark, I dream in wood......I'll blame it on my grandfather

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#1 posted 1661 days ago

If they ever get tired of backgammon, they can each have a cutting board.

-- Steve--

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#2 posted 1661 days ago

That is beautiful. What a great gift to give, I’m sure it will be a family heirloom.

-- ~Julie~

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#3 posted 1661 days ago

Nicely done. Makes me want to play again.

-- Dave O.

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#4 posted 1661 days ago

Nice looking project…. Did you have plans or did you just create it? I have been approached at many shows/markets about making one, but haven’t found any plans that talks about how to build it. You should do a blog on the process.

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#5 posted 1661 days ago

Beautiful Board, I am Planning on making one myself.
Nice idea of making 4 sections, then gluing together, Makes me think it would be easier to glue up 1 piece then cut into 4 sections.

Very nice board.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 1661 days ago

An outstanding backgammon board great job it looks beautiful

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1661 days ago

Wish I had a brother like you!
Beautiful, I play a lot myself, and have several wooden boards, but nothing comes even close to that.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 1660 days ago

Well done. Great wood combination.

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#9 posted 1658 days ago

If you ever do another when I made my Backgammon Board I actually made a small sled for the triangle pieces to sit between that kept them from sliding with the clamp preassure. I made it a hair shorter than the boards would be when clamped up and it did the trick Also before glue up I coated the board with wax so they would not stick to the sled. This made for a tiny bit of extra sanding but it was well worth it to avoid the agravation.

-- No matter how good or bad a day your having a smile always makes it better!

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#10 posted 1311 days ago

very nice job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

#11 posted 957 days ago

Very cool work. Can I use your idea and make one for myself. Great work.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#12 posted 957 days ago

You could use veneer for the playing field.
I do understand, in your case, the sentimental value of the wood you had.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#13 posted 70 days ago

Looks great!!
For those wanting a shortcut method, Joe used to sell backgammon veneer faces for around $50, not sure if he has more on order:

-- John

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