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Project by michiganmark posted 02-10-2010 01:37 PM 3048 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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shopdog

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

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

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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~Julie~

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#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~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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

Nicely done. Makes me want to play again.

-- Dave O.

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Splinters

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#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 - http://www.splinterswoodworks.com/ - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5220040

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#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

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

An outstanding backgammon board great job it looks beautiful

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mafe

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#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.

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Loucarb

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

Well done. Great wood combination.

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Smiley

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#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!

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bigike

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

very nice job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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

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

-- http://www.landwoodworks.com (L an D Woodworks)

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Sawdust2

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#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.

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soccer2010

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#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:
http://www.veneersupplies.com/products/Backgammon-Veneer-Face-20-x-20.html

-- John

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