Floor Dominoes

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Project by Dave Owen posted 09-09-2010 10:57 PM 2632 views 35 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this large (2-3/4” x 5-1/2” x 5/8”) double-nine set of dominoes primarily for use on the floor, since few tables would be large enough. Domino blanks were cut from Philippine Mahogany ‘shorts’. All corners and edges were routed with a 1/8” roundover bit, and ‘pip holes’ were drilled about 1/8” deep using a 1/2” Forstner bit. The ‘division’ line is a table saw cut. Following a minimal finish of a single coat of Danish Oil and a coat of liquid Satin Wax, the dots were installed. ‘Dots’ were laid out using AutoCad, printed on heavy Presentation Paper, cut using a 1/2” hole punch, and glued into position. Each dot pattern is a distinct color to help younger children learn to play. If there’s interest in some of the things I discovered while making this set, I’ll post a blog.

-- Dave O.

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 11:22 PM

Dave, you chose the right picture. Looks great.

-- James, Mississippi

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 11:26 PM


Great project.

Looks like the young man really enjoys it.

Would like to learn more, blog it if you will…


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 09-10-2010 03:16 AM

Nice. a lot of work but I bet the kids love it

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#4 posted 09-10-2010 04:04 AM

hey dave…this is just awesome..nothing like a good game …you did a great job on this…i love the good colors…i wouls enjoy a blog…grizz

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

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#5 posted 09-10-2010 04:30 AM

Dave, that´s a great idea, I may copy that straight forward for Xmas. Can I? Are you planning any domino box as well? I guess it will need some casters Lol

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 09-10-2010 06:32 AM

This is so awesome! I may make some of these too! It’s such a cool idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#7 posted 09-10-2010 01:58 PM

Great idea, nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

#8 posted 09-10-2010 03:45 PM

Fabulous, Dave! What a fun idea!

Love Fernando’s idea of a domino box with casters, too!

-- Create with Confidence

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#9 posted 09-10-2010 04:04 PM

Color coding them is a GREAT idea (makes me want to do a set for my 3 yo grandson!).

I’ll add a vote for a blog entry for more details. Thanks for posting the pics.

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#10 posted 09-10-2010 05:12 PM

Thanks for the nice comments, everyone! I’ve recently had guests around the house for several days, and I was pleased – and a little surprised – to find that both kids and adults enjoyed playing with the dominoes. Right now I have the dominoes stored in a couple of small drawers in front of the ‘play area’, but someday I will build some type of container for them. I’d thought of an open-top ‘tote’, but thanks to Fernando’s comment, I’m now thinking of one on ‘wheels’.

-- Dave O.

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#11 posted 09-10-2010 08:10 PM

Hi Dave

Good to see you are at it again in the shop. Looks like you have a great idea, as always. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 05-09-2011 10:28 PM

Hi Dave
nice idea and very good work

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#13 posted 05-09-2011 10:48 PM

Awesome and great fun!

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#14 posted 11-03-2011 07:17 AM

Just beautiful. I thought about making a set but all those dots….. I decided nah!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#15 posted 08-14-2014 11:51 PM

These are great! Added to favorites and The List! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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