|Project by James Frederick||posted 10-05-2010 08:48 PM||4389 views||17 times favorited||22 comments|
Thanks to Gary K for the inspiration to do this project; I appreciate his work and willingness to share his knowledge with the rest of us. I have always wanted to build one of these for as long as I have been wood working. Gary was my push to make one for a gift, and most probably more gifts.
It is Tiger maple and Walnut, with walnut veneer on the outer case. I can’t get over my love of the look of tiger maple, and the way it contrasted with the walnut was awesome.
The case measures closed 16 X 12X 1 3/4, open 24 X 16 X 1 3/8. I have to apply the last coats of finish to it, but I have already started planning the next one and applying the lessons learned from the first one.
I found the choice of hinges I made needs to be rethought, as the proved to be difficult to install in a pleasing manner due to the hinges action, and the mortises were difficult in the 1/2 inch maple.
My best tip is to order your game pieces first as the 1 1/4 round 1/4 inch thick pieces I ordered were closer to 1 3/8ths and 5/16 thick. I waited to install a dice holder until I received the pieces, and even had an internal debate with myself about waiting or planning on the size listed by the vendor…..... Wait until you have them in hand, and for kickers the thickness varies from brown to white.
I also included a picture of my project model Sophia. I also uploaded better photos, the blackberry just doesn’t cut it.
-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.