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Project by vipond33 posted 883 days ago 2842 views 28 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m game crazy I know, but how bout a new one? Are ya up for it?

This one’s a beaut. A game that suits a builder’s challenge as well as probably being really well liked by spatial logistical types. You know who you are.

To play, construct a three level building with your opponent, using one of 22 identically shaped playing pieces. Starting around the central cube you must touch two other faces with your piece on every turn and it must be self supporting. Your aim is to build the rampart on your opposing colour sides at the third and final level and score points by the number of blocks nestled there.

To win you may block your opponent or run straight to the top. You may also win by claiming vertigo and changing the board around while your opponent is out of the room getting you a Gravol. Who’s going to notice?

To build, make 133 perfect cubes with 1596 chamfers and assemble dead straight and square. Repetition is an interesting teacher.

The original game had a trapezoidal storage box cum playing surface and the blocks were painted (!) blue. I chose to alternate walnut and spruce in every possible configuration of two colours, six pieces and a dog leg shape, making it more visually interesting and woody, as it were. This had the added and unintended effect of making it more difficult to visualize your next move, especially for 3D dummies like myself.

The usual matched storage box is here, made from a construction grade 2×4 spruce board and it being the first time that the box is way bigger than the game itself. The knots at the front resemble great bleeding wounds, which is just what your ego will look like after being whupped by the under 10 set.

Spruce is a pretty white wood, if not a bit stringy. What is remarkable here is its subtle chatoyance and super silky finish under varnish and wax. There are very few white woods available for contrast or simple inherent beauty available to us, and while spruce is not a normal cabinet grade wood I’m certainly rethinking this. Heavily cupped 2×12’s sometimes show up at the lumberyards or box stores, with a dead centre heart and 5 inches of quartersawn on either side. Rejected by builders and quickly snatched up by us.

There is also a weird three player game possible whereby the third player, with 8 blocks, attempts to thwart both other players. This would be a perfect kids position playing between their parents some evening;
“Uh, that was fun, don’t you think it’s your bedtime?”

Game 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” x 2 1/2” with 1” Cubes About 18 hrs.
Box 6” x 19” x 3 1/4” About 6 hrs.
Minwax Tung Oil (wiping varnish) for box and board, Goddard’s Wax
Oil and wax, buffing wheel, for cubes.
Build on LJs.
gene

details.


thinking through the jungle

thin top brace

working out all possible combinations.

the original game,

& too many cold ones makes it hard to decide.

an interesting review
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/122005/friendly-and-beautiful

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.





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Karson

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#1 posted 883 days ago

Looks crazy.

Great looking build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 883 days ago

Wow Gene
you come up with some of the most unique games .This is very cool.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Nighthawk

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#3 posted 883 days ago

Hey that pretty cool idea and game fun thing… I like

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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Spoontaneous

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#4 posted 883 days ago

I like yours much more than the original. REally nice build…. also, you make spruce look good!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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JL7

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#5 posted 883 days ago

Hey Gene – this is very cool – did you learn any good tricks for applying those 1596 chamfers that you’d like to share?

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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mafe

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#6 posted 883 days ago

Gene, as always executed so beautiful in every detail.
Love the last picture with a beer and a good time.
Smiles,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 883 days ago

Thanks Gene for an interesting project. I think your right about the repitition being a learning experience.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Marpintero

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#8 posted 883 days ago

Hello Vipond. Great job, as usual. How did the perfect cubes and the chanfers? ¿Table saw with crosscut sled + disk sander with jig maybe?
Thaks and greetings.

Hola Vipond. Fabuloso trabajo, como siempre. ¿Cómo hiciste los cubos perfectos y los chanfles? ¿Sierra circular con deslizador + lijadora de disco con plantilla tal vez?
Gracias y saludos.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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Clint Searl

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#9 posted 883 days ago

Don’t worry, Gene, help is on the way. Nyuk-nyuk

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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shipwright

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#10 posted 883 days ago

Nice one Gene. I’m glad to see spruce getting a little credit for it’s beauty. The stringiness is why it makes such good masts and the chatoyance is why people are always admiring them. The game would make me crazy in seconds but you certainly did it proud.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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jeb1974

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#11 posted 882 days ago

I love wood games. They make great gifts and people can enjoy them for decades to come. Very beautiful game. Thank you for sharing.

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peteg

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#12 posted 882 days ago

Hey Gene, if you keep this up you’l have Holdson making a takeover bid for you work :))
Another beautie Man, great job, bet you’re kids dont get bored
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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vipond33

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#13 posted 882 days ago

@JL7, Marpintero, et all.

I was thinking of putting these in, but thought it too much like a build lesson. Thanks for asking as these kinda things work across many projects.

The setting block is a simple but painstaking mdf structure with a hole at the back for poking out the freshly glued strip prior to changing planes or setting aside.

I plunge cut mitres in mdf and put it up to my 150g disc sander. The end cuts are but tryouts.

no need to touch them further. still took a while.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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chopnhack

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#14 posted 882 days ago

Great build Gene! How big are the cubes? Great idea with the disc sander, I thought that you made all those via the router table :O

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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rance

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#15 posted 882 days ago

Cool game Gene, and great workmanship. I like the randomness of the woods. I like the original all blue too. Thanks for sharing the techniques for chamfering. I find those things the most fun with a project like this, trying to find ways to do things such as you have. I would not have guessed the sander, but it is obviously a perfect solution. Again, thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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