Double 9 Dominos

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Project by Jeremy Greiner posted 12-21-2010 04:42 PM 1836 views 7 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this about 2 months ago and destroyed 2 sets in the process of learning how to make them. This set will be going to my father for christmas. I am happy with how they turned out and look forward to improving my technique and making more sets in the future.

The dominos are made of hard maple milled to 1/2’’ thick. I cut the maple into 2’’ strips, then cut the kerf down the center. Then I cut 1’’ dominos from the strips yeilding a lot of 2’’ x 1’’ peices. I set up a 2 sided fence and spacer sysem to drill the holes. Using the fence and 4 spacers in different combination to drill all 9 holes. Once all the holes where drilled I coated the inside of the holes with 2 coats of wax free shelac to seal the wood from the paint. Then I painted the wood with black water based acrylic paint (I tested both oil and water based paint, the oil had problems when sanding to thickness came).

Once painted I placed all the dominos in a tight form and sanded them down to about 3/8’’ an inch, the final thickness of the domino, with my random orbit sander. This allowed me to be super sloppy with the paint and not have to worry about just painting inside the holes. I tried using my thickness planer but I found it too easy to take deep cuts too far into the domino. A drum sander would have been great for this, but I do not have one. The oil based paint, would spread during this sanding process it was odd, I couldn’t figure out why but it was like the sander was picking up tiny chips of the paint, then mashing the chips into the wood grain smearing the paint across the top of the domino.

Once sanded to thickness, I sanded the entire domino with 220 grit easing the edges and corners. 3 coats of shelac rubbed down with an abraisive pad between each coat.

The box is a simple Rabet/Dado sliding top box made from Cherry with a few coats of wipe on poly. I would have loved to learn how to do box joints but I only had a few days to make the box because it took so long on the dominos.

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Ed Pirnik

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 04:57 PM

Super cool. Were you able to find the little brass nails that go in the center of the domino to lift them off the surface of the table ever so slightly? The little brads that make them easier to move around on the table? I’ve thought of doing a set many times. Excellent inspiration.



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#2 posted 12-21-2010 05:13 PM

A friend of mine mentioned that, all the of the sets my family (and I) have owned do not have the pin, for the most part we don’t like them. But it would be easy enough to get a small ball bearing and epoxy it into the center of the kerf .. you may have to drill a small indent for it .. but with propper set up at the drill press would be easy enough.

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