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Project by robscastle posted 08-30-2018 07:49 AM 1088 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well its the countdown to the last day of winter so its way time to get outside and make something instead of posting lame jokes of which almost nobody gets.

The Sungka board:
Some history for those interested :- (otherwise skip to Construction)

Sungka

Origin
Experts say that mancala, an early version of sungká, may be the oldest game in the world, with almost every culture having some variation of it. Stones used in mancala boards have been found carved into the roofs of temples in Memphis, Thebes, and Luxor—evidence that the game was played in Egypt before 1400 BC. Studies say that the boardgame may have evolved in Egypt from counters used for accounting and stock-taking. Evidence of these boards have also been found in Ancient Sumeria. In Africa, the game is considered a national pastime and is played by tribes numbering in the hundreds. Mancala, being Arabic in origin, makes some scholars suspect that the game progressed from west to east, meaning from Asia to the coast of Atlantic.
As for the origin of the term “sungka”, researchers found traces of a similar game at a stream in Indonesia. The stream, widely known to travellers as the Red River, is called sonka by early Asians. The theory maintains that the sungka game Filipinos know today may have been brought by Indonesians when they migrated to the Philippines.

Background:- A couple of LJs have made these, Tooch comes to mind as being the latest one, he made his with a CNC, and after my effort I can assure you its the only way to go.

I looked on ebay to see what they sold for, believe it or not I saw some for sale for as little as $12. ... arrggh spit.

Anyway rant over, lets get on with it, a friend of my wife Aurora asked me to duplicate one for her, silly me agreed and I set to work, thinking it couldnt be that hard!! How wrong I was.!

Construction:-

The timber is about 25mm thick and approx 200 mm at the widest and work on about 750mm long before trimming, so its a big chunk of timber to start with.

I needed to make a template to lay everything out with and used a 25 mm Core box bit fitted with and bearing as a template follower.

To produce the cup sections it took at least two passes with the router and the template then another two more with the template removed to get the final depth and smooth bottom. I could have used a bowl cutter and reduced the amount of finishing and sanding but mine has a chipped cutter and I dont have the loot to replace it just yet.

The outline was then marked on and bandsawed off, sanded and then followed by the edge and cups rounded over.

Followed by lots more of sanding and finishing before applying two coats of finish.

Both boards are from the same piece of timber, its just the darker of the two I made for Aurora and stained it with Teak for effect.
Time and materials:-

Routing and profiling of both took the best part of alll day. Sanding and the final preparation add another day
So there is two days of work to produce the product displayed.
Good job I dont try and make a living out of this stuff!

finishing materials would be estimated to be about $50 for everything, so its a very time consuming and costly activity.

Hence the support of using a CNC.

Originally I was going to use a piece of Degooses Swamp Gum but by the time I split a piece and prepared them it was getting a bit too thin to be used. (religated to stock.)

Since I cannot possibly ask my wife’s friend for the real cost of producing one, I will possibly end up keeping it,

The darker one goes to my darling wife with a kiss. Incidently she didnt want it profiled and the bulk of the live edge left intact.

Thats all This is a lame joke free area

-- Regards Rob





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crowie

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#1 posted 08-30-2018 08:37 AM

Sounds like most easy projects; yes no one appreciates what it takes to make until they have a go.
Well done Rob.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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BobWemm

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#2 posted 08-30-2018 08:47 AM

Yeah, I agree, These things take much more time than anticipated.
Good outcome though mate.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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BobWemm

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#3 posted 08-30-2018 08:49 AM

OMG. LOOK AT THE FACES in the brown wood shown in image #6, I can make at least 5.

Spooky.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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hunter71

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#4 posted 08-30-2018 10:12 AM

Glad you explained it. Pretty cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 08-30-2018 10:36 AM

Nice work Rob and like hunter “glad you explained it” and crowie you need to tell my son in law what you said. He thinks if you make more than one the rest suddenly appear without the work!
Oh! And I’ll have what Bob is drinking! LOL!

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 08-30-2018 11:04 AM

Neat job rc.. envy your availability of such fine timber to drill holes in.


Glad you explained it. Pretty cool.
- hunter71

The man (robscastle), speaks with forked tongue…. item is actually a canoe for Oompa-Loompas... the chief in the front, 14 rowers, and the missus in the back for barking out the overruling directions… she (Mrs. O-L) will pay a tad more than a little,

for the privilege.


... you need to tell my son in law what you said. He thinks if you make more than one the rest suddenly appear without the work…
- woodshaver Tony C

And my son always asks me why he is the only male descendant of mine… DOH!


Oh! And I ll have what Bob is drinking! LOL!
- woodshaver Tony C

I think I already have!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#7 posted 08-30-2018 11:24 AM

Hey this project is attracting more attention than my lame jokes, ... maybe thats what the site is all about!

So thanks for looking in guys.

Crowie: Thank you
Bob Wemm: Maybe the faces are the Oompa-Loompas…
hunter71: Your welcome
woodshaver Tony C Thank you and yes its possibly an interesting brew, maybe its

LBD: Not so loud the boat people will be contacting me for plans!

Oh yes, thanks I needed to be reminded about the 2 cents folly! it lives on!

No doubt it was

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 08-30-2018 11:52 AM



No doubt it was


- robscastle


Without the VIC!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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therealSteveN

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#9 posted 08-30-2018 12:22 PM

Something of interest here, something never heard of before, but explained, and with history, as well as a person could hope for.

Mostly you explained both boards were from the same board. If you hadn’t said that I would have expected it to be 2 different species.

The only thing I didn’t know from this informative post was how to play, or the rules as they say.

Fun post, thanks for letting everyone in on it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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pottz

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#10 posted 08-30-2018 01:34 PM

lame jokes rob,who tells lame jokes here-lol.hey some of us actually make things from wood hence the name lumber jocks.nice project and great story to boot.glad its gonna warm up and you can get out in the shop again.and i happen to enjoy your lame jokes buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 08-30-2018 04:45 PM

Hi Rob…

Nice boards…

I don’t know anything about that game… BUT…

I thought they could be used for Fondue… beef & chicken (some at each end) with all of the various dipping sauces in between… LOL

Good job!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 08-30-2018 05:27 PM

Nice work, Rob. I thought you might just drop a Forstner bit in each of the holes but I see from the way it is played, it is better to have a rounded side to the bores. It sounds like playing can be very hectic if both players are going at it at the same time!!

Cheers,Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 08-31-2018 02:31 AM


... i happen to enjoy your lame jokes buddy.
- pottz
Poo!.

Lame jokes are cripling!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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therealSteveN

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#14 posted 08-31-2018 02:58 AM

Doubling back to say Congrats on the 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 08-31-2018 03:25 AM


Doubling back to say ….

- therealSteveN


Ditto on congrats for upside down snow grub friendly snow shoes... hmm.. think about it.. I didn’t!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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