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Alley, aka Marble Wars dual sided board

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Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 07-21-2018 11:23 PM 614 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While visiting my parents in Hilton Head a couple weeks ago, they showed us this game. My father had made their board and created templates to use a plunge router for all the holes. Since he didn’t need the templates anymore he gave them to me. One side is 4-player and the other is 6-player.

This is the first board, our family board. Made from black walnut scraps that were cut and glued up. When buying marbles I had to buy enough to make 3 games so will probably make one or two more as gifts or stock for potentially restarting the business.

The holes are cut using a 1/2” round router bit in a plunge router with a collar that drops into the template. The templates are half the board, so clamp, route half the board, flip around and do the second half.

After the danish oil dries will color the home and start holes for the different marble colors.

Some people use dice to move around the board, we plan to use 2 decks of playing cards with rules like Sorry (4 moves you backwards 4, 7’s can be split between two marbles and sends an opponent marble home if passed, etc.)

Thanks for looking, cheers!

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?





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#1 posted 07-22-2018 02:31 AM

Neat. I just finished one a few days ago. It’s in my projects. I like your round pattern a lot more than my cross pattern.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#2 posted 07-22-2018 02:02 PM

Very nice! Great game!
I made two for our neighbors. I used cherry! They are both in my projects. I like how you can flip the board for more players!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 07-22-2018 02:14 PM

Very nice Tony C, can I ask what you used for painting the colors?

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#4 posted 07-22-2018 02:22 PM

Thanks Rich,
My neighbors painted the dimples and I believe they use acrylic paint. They did the painting after I put the lacquer finish on the board.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 07-22-2018 02:29 PM

Beautiful job, Rich. May I ask, what is the purpose of single hole on either side of home? I assume it’s a hidie hole.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 07-25-2018 10:12 AM

Gene,

Not sure I understand what hole you are referring to. On the 6-player side are you asking about the little T configuration inside each triangle? That is where each player stores their marbles that are not yet in-play.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#7 posted 07-25-2018 12:09 PM



Gene,

Not sure I understand what hole you are referring to. On the 6-player side are you asking about the little T configuration inside each triangle? That is where each player stores their marbles that are not yet in-play.

- NYRockingChairs


Thanks. Now, after a second look, I get it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 07-27-2018 08:45 PM

Acrylic paints worked great Tony, thanks.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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