Scrabble Table and Board

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Project by atogrf1 posted 12-24-2011 11:26 PM 8811 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Scrabble Table as a surprise for my sister for Christmas who is a word game fanatic.

The game board portion is made with a Mahogany Grid system to lock the tiles in place, while the border is Mahogany with Wenge banding. The tiles are made of Maple, and the Double Word, Triple Word, etc. were laser engraved and then dyed the same colors as an official Scrabble Board.

The board is mounted to the table below with a lazy susan so it rotates to face the player making his/her turn and also clears the letters sitting in the tile holders along the perimeter of the base.

The table base is made from Sapele Mahogany with Wenge laminated to the bottom of the 4-way tapered legs.
The table top has channels cut into it to hold the tile holders that I made from Wenge as well. They are removable from the table if the player so chooses.

I also made a “cover” for it that locks into the table with dowels. This allows for her to put pictures, or a lamp, or something on there when the game portion is not in use.
The cover has a double hinged (barrel hinges) lid for her to store the playing pieces in along with a pen/pencil and paper to keep score.

I can’t WAIT to give it to her on Christmas tomorrow. She will be VERY surprised.

I finished it by spraying General Finishes High Performance Satin finish and sanded between coats. Then, I applied a coat of Renaissance Wax to give is silky smooth finish coat.

Also pictured: My shop assistants. :-)

Thanks for looking, and Merry Chrsitmas/Happy Holidays to all!!!!!

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 11:41 PM

An excellent gift! How did you get the lettering on the special tiles? Nice idea to trap the tiles in a grid.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 12:03 AM

Thank you. I sent them out and had them laser engraved. I have the company’s name at work and can post it if anyone needs it. They did a really good job.

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 12:34 AM

Super gift and nice work Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-25-2011 06:37 AM

This has to be the nicest present i have seen on Lumberjocks. Of course, I play Scrabble and I have a short memory, but it is still very nice. A lot of work and thought went into this gift. Nice assistants too.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 12-25-2011 11:52 AM

Great project. Truly a labor of love.
I also love scrabble…
maybe some day

-- Steve--

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#6 posted 12-25-2011 05:48 PM

very cool

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#7 posted 12-25-2011 06:09 PM



-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#8 posted 12-25-2011 07:43 PM

I really like your work: a hand-made treasure of a timeless word game. What could be better?!

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 11:18 PM

Wow, I love scrabble and that is one GREAT Scabble board table…Excellent Work!!!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#10 posted 12-27-2011 02:51 PM

Thank you all!!!!
She absolutely LOVED it. Worth every second of time I put into it.

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#11 posted 12-28-2011 08:14 PM

Here is the name of the company I used for the laser engraving.
Great service and quality work. The pricing was pretty good, too.

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#12 posted 05-11-2017 10:51 AM

This is a wonderful scrabble game table and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 05-11-2017 12:07 PM

Thanks Charles, I appreciate it.

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