|Project by Brian Shourd||posted 01-31-2012 07:38 PM||3012 views||18 times favorited||10 comments|
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!