Backgammon board

  • Advertise with us
Project by michiganmark posted 02-10-2010 01:37 PM 6766 views 10 times favorited 14 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

14 comments so far

View shopdog's profile


577 posts in 3510 days

#1 posted 02-10-2010 02:53 PM

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

-- Steve--

View ~Julie~'s profile


607 posts in 3058 days

#2 posted 02-10-2010 03:09 PM

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

-- ~Julie~

View Dave Owen's profile

Dave Owen

254 posts in 3098 days

#3 posted 02-10-2010 04:25 PM

Nicely done. Makes me want to play again.

-- Dave O.

View Splinters's profile


190 posts in 4207 days

#4 posted 02-10-2010 04:42 PM

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 - -

View DaddyZ's profile


2475 posts in 3065 days

#5 posted 02-10-2010 04:59 PM

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

View a1Jim's profile (online now)


117115 posts in 3601 days

#6 posted 02-10-2010 04:59 PM

An outstanding backgammon board great job it looks beautiful

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View mafe's profile


11730 posts in 3113 days

#7 posted 02-11-2010 12:22 AM

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.

View Loucarb's profile


2388 posts in 3469 days

#8 posted 02-11-2010 02:17 AM

Well done. Great wood combination.

View Smiley's profile


39 posts in 3205 days

#9 posted 02-13-2010 07:00 AM

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!

View bigike's profile


4052 posts in 3313 days

#10 posted 01-26-2011 02:20 AM

very nice job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

#11 posted 01-15-2012 06:27 AM

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

-- (L an D Woodworks)

View Sawdust2's profile


1466 posts in 4112 days

#12 posted 01-15-2012 07:00 AM

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.

View soccer2010's profile


124 posts in 2453 days

#13 posted 06-20-2014 01:45 PM

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

View bradLP's profile


2 posts in 502 days

#14 posted 02-03-2017 12:55 AM

I collect backgammon boards. That is an amzing piece. I love how thick the wood is. It is wonderful to see an overkill backgammon board. I would love to play on it some day! Great job

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics