|Project by vipond33||posted 10-17-2011 09:05 AM||5116 views||73 times favorited||10 comments|
Quoridor, a fiendish game, for just when you’re sure you’re winning, you’ve lost.
This is simple game to learn and play, right down to a six year old keener, while sometimes frustratingly complex for even a pair of serious adult gamers. The games themselves can be fast and furious or dead slow; winning, however, is quite likely!
There are very simple rules; each turn you move your piece or place a fence restricting your opponent’s progress, and even then sometimes, your very own. Get to the other side first and win.
This version, a direct copy of Gigamic’s, the French manufacturer, was made from a single wide chunk of mahogany, the ends nipped off and then dadoed. True flat bottoms were smoothed with a router plane. The angled side planes come courtesy of a raised panel cutter on the shaper.
It was looking good at that stage but all was not well though. After cutting the grooves the board went berserk. It warped terribly. 1/2” in 16”!!? The slots you see on the bottom edge are where I tried to correct it.
After sawing these grooves I PVA’ed a piece of heavy gauge plastic laminate to the bottom and left it in the hard press for two days. Well, no dice, only modest improvement. But at least it’s concave and steady on the corners. The finish is Tried and True with varnish, Goddard’s wax.
The box holding the pieces was made from a slim salvaged piece of far eastern skid wood with a soft live edge, cut & mitered for a four corner match, then resawn down kinda thin and odd matched for the reversible lid. Incidentally, I find that modern glues are simply amazing, for the joint on such a light thickness felt unbreakable even after a very hard flexing.
The fences are qtrd white oak and the players are the usual suspects, profiled with a 10×250 2mm metal blade. Dark leather lines the bottom of the box. Amber shellac finishes it off with Goddard’s wax again. Titebond III.
15 1/2” x 17” x 1 1/8”
About 22 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.
A bunch o links:
Gigamic’s amusing animated explication.
A fast sample game done in stop motion, with a jazz soundtrack.
Just the facts ma’am.
Simple rules with diagrams.
Free online game playing ranging from dead easy to real tough. Online human too.
For people that enjoy strategy.
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