Sycamore Dice Tower

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Project by Brian Shourd posted 938 days ago 2237 views 18 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a basic dice tower that I made for this Winter’s woodworking competition here on LJs.

For those of you unfamiliar with what a dice tower is, it’s just a pillar with some tumbling platforms in it that you throw dice into. The dice clatter through the tower, then spill out the bottom, effectively randomized. The main reason that you would use one is to keep the dice in a convenient location, so they don’t spill across the board game, or tumble off the table (and then there is the nice argument about whether it counts on the ground or not). Here is a video of this one, so you can better see (and hear) it in action:

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If there is one thing that I’ve noticed, it’s that kids love these things. It has a nice theme, in that it looks somewhat like a castle, which is fun. There is the randomness of the dice, and of course, the clickity-clack sounds.

I’d be lying if I said this was only for my daughter, though. She’s actually much too young to play with dice, but our weekly gaming group will get some good use out of it until she is old enough.

The wood used is (I believe) quarter-sawn sycamore. This was my first time working with sycamore, and I found it very pleasant to use. The grain is completely unlike any other wood I’ve used before, and it looks more like little cells than it does like usual wood grain. I hope you can see some of that in these pictures.

Thanks for looking!

-- Brian

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#1 posted 938 days ago

Unique project very well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 938 days ago

This would be cool for the Magic the gathering game!! Well done! I had never heard of one of these things

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#3 posted 938 days ago

What a great idea!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#4 posted 938 days ago

I know some D&D nerds that would love to get their hands on something like that.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 938 days ago

It’s nerdtastic, I love it!

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#6 posted 938 days ago

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Nerdy is the name of the game in this household.

-- Brian

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#7 posted 938 days ago

Weird how Nerd has turned cool now a days. Heck.. I love woodwork, Harleys, video games, and beer… Guess that makes me 1/4 nerd! Woot! <~~~ Nerd word I use a lot meaning I’m excited…lol

All kidding aside I think this is a killer project! In fact my very best friend still gets together with a group and plays D&D on a regular basis. I may have to use your idea as a big surprise gift for my bro… Very cool!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 938 days ago

Nice job! I’m a D&D nerd and have built a few similar towers for myself and my friends. People do love them. The one I built for myself can be cheated though…bwaahahahahaha! :)

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#9 posted 938 days ago

very cool idea and even better execution.

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#10 posted 937 days ago

Great build I like the styling of the castle. I built my whole group rolling trays to use. Have not tackled the tower yet, but maybe.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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