Mancala Game Board

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Project by CalgaryBill posted 12-21-2017 09:15 PM 575 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our youngest daughter and her husband are avid board game enthusiasts so I decided to make this Mancala Board Game for her for Christmas. The plan for it is in issue 233 of Woodsmith. The first step was to make the jig to be used with my router with a tray/dish bit to fashion the pots. I used a 3/4” X 6 1/2” X 24” piece of cherry for the board. The two halves are joined with two barrel hinges and four rare earth magnets keep the game closed when not is use. Forty-eight small stones are used for the playing pieces.

-- Calgary Bill

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#1 posted 12-22-2017 05:10 AM

Will have to read up on this game, never heard of it.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 12-22-2017 11:05 AM

Awesome looking board, love that there is enough room for lots of stones.

I just posted similar boards I made for gifts also, we must’ve read the same article haha

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#3 posted 12-22-2017 12:29 PM

Top notch. You have inspired me so this one is now on the to-do list for sure.

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#4 posted 12-22-2017 01:44 PM

Mancala is a great game and your’s looks mighty nice! It is a great learning tool for the youngsters too, teaching thinking, strategy, logic, and counting. I have been using it for years with the grandkids and have made many iterations of the board, both fixed and folding.

-- Dennis, WV

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#5 posted 12-22-2017 02:19 PM

I’m not familiar with the details of the game, but this game board sure does display a lot of wonderful craftsmanship.

BTW, you made a nice jig for these boards.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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