Shogi Game

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Project by LeroyTheLips posted 04-01-2012 10:19 AM 3242 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Shogi game I made for my son. It is a Japanese game similar to chess. Most pieces have another side that is painted red. I made two sets: one is the standard Kanji characters and the other is a Universal/English set. The Universal set shows movement and direction of pieces along with their rank. Each rank has a different size (i.e. thickness, width, height). The pieces are made from hard Canadian Maple. I used slats from used crib parts. Some are planed down to 3/16”. I woodburned/carved the characters into the pieces. The foldable case is oak plywood and solid white oak with routed lines. The pieces are held in compression-type containers: Japanese on one side and Universal on the other. There is no distinction between opponents only the direction of the piece shows whose piece is whose. This was a very difficult game to make and took me more time than I thought. I was making this at the same time I was making a Rummikub game. Both games took 2-3 months of tedious work – but I loved doing it and the gift was a hit.

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 10:44 AM

Never heard of this game.. but I love the look of it. Really nice job with the carving/burning of the pieces. Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 11:48 AM

nicly done …i made one for my brothers son this past Christmas ..i bought my pieces i know thats what took you the longest . I did start out m
aking the pieces but didnt know how i would add the characters…so i scratched it and bought them

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 04:25 PM

Thanks. I also had to hand buff each piece with HUT wax which made my fingers really sore. In addition to that I have a few fingers that were reattached a few years ago. One of them is at a 90° angle. I’m left-handed and the injuries were on my left hand. Not complaining just have to work a lttle different.

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 04:28 PM

Really good, consistent work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 05:28 PM

I’m a wood game nut and just love this. I think I’ll be buying the pieces though; yours are great but that’s a ton of work in a skill that I don’t have. A good looking box, board combination. Think I’d make a slip case of fabric or something to protect it when I do.

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

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#6 posted 04-01-2012 06:58 PM

I too am a wooden game nut. I have a Rummikub game that I will be posting later. I am halfway through a Go game but I won’t be making the pieces. I also make games from around the world. Started making a Risk game but with current countries. It is about 2’ x 4’. Thanks for the compliment.

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#7 posted 04-02-2012 09:20 PM

I would love to see what you do with GO. I recently became a big fan of that game and would love a board that I could mount to a wall and play with my wife a little at a time.

This is another game I would love to learn and having a board like this would be an enjoyable way to do it. great job, you should be proud.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 04-02-2012 10:17 PM

Here is a link to some of the things I have made (not including a dollhouse). There are a few pictures of the Go Game at the end. It is still a work-in-progress. I don’t know how to play. I keep trying but I have a hard time figuring out how to keep score. This is a large heavy game. I have some straight-grained Western Red Cedar that I will be using for the legs. I will also make the bowls. My son and daughter-in-law bought the pieces in Japan. Here is the link to my photos on Facebook. Thanks

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 05:29 AM

Wow, the pieces look amazing! I’m a game nut also, and this is on the list. Did you use like carbon paper to transfer what to crave/burn or was that freehand?

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#10 posted 05-17-2012 02:53 PM

There was a site that you could print out the images. I also used a book on games and just freehanded. I did use carbon paper. I put the image on a grid paper then used that as a master – folding it on all side so that it would fit exactly on each piece. My son was stationed in Hiroshima with the Marines met his wife and ber father played the game. My son is still learning Japanese so he uses the International set that I made with it. He said it is similar to chess but more complicated. I am also trying to make a Risk game that willnbe inestimable into an existing table. It has the names of the countries that exist now. Thanks for the compliment.

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