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Project by vipond33 posted 06-12-2012 04:01 AM 6497 views 58 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little bit of a lighter post than 1948 as I get back in the saddle and put my game face on, for here is Entrapment, a marvelous maneuvering game for all ages.

There are at least two things I look for when making a wooden game for my collection. It must promise engrossing play (and here I rely upon the evaluation of others initially) and it must be an opportunity to kick up the build quality from the original to make it a visual and tactile treat. Entrapment satisfies beautifully on both counts though somehow the build was a real bear and was riddled with mistakes and elaborate tryouts. Some scrap wood became scrap wood yet again.

The basic construction of the board is a figured hard maple egg-crate with end grain mahogany squares pushed through and a thin (3mm) BB bottom glued on.

The playing pieces and fences are again in maple and mahogany with an oil finish and a waxing session on the buffing wheel.

Mid century Soviet apartment blocks? Perhaps. Mine just might last longer. The 25 fences per side were grooved all round with a 1/32” wing cutter.

The original game as model was fairly simple as befits a fairly low cost production item.

This game is easy but thoughtful. Your goal is not to arrive anywhere but to defeat your opponent by boxing in their pieces as the name would suggest. Game play begins by each person randomly placing their roamers, or pawns, and then moving them to escape capture or else placing fences to trap your opponents pieces.. An unusual twist is that you may hop over your own fences just once as you make your escape, but then they are rotated vertically and become impenetrable. The game may also be played with a barrier stick inserted to reduce the board to 6×7 squares. This makes for a faster more aggressive play once the basic game is learned.

I made two serious blunders on this project. First, for a few extra minutes work I could have had an 8×8 board, just right for chess, checkers or anything else. Real dumb.
Secondly, I wasted my time building the exacting half lap maple base. I could have simply glued flat squares onto plywood for the same effect. The only consolation and giveaway now is that it weighs in at about 5 lb and has the look and feel of solid.

The handles are project heritage wood and my revenge on the mistake. With a couple of trial strips left over from the grid I put a gentle curve on the length, a quite a bit tighter one on the width, a finger scoop in the centre and then designed the storage box around them. Loose dividers with the barrier strip down the side.

I do love a fitted single purpose box.

5mm mini wonder hinges were used, with a shellac finish rubbed out then lacquered and waxed. The game board is done with sanding sealer, lacquer and Goddard’s wax.
This can be a real fun build if you like games. The sky’s the limit on board style, pieces and storage with an absorbing play promised for you in the end.

Board 15” x 15” x 1 1/2”
Box 6 1/8” x 14 3/4” x 2 5/8”
About 32 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.

Video tutorial

Online play

A very nice review

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

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 04:06 AM

Beautiful work Gene, I appreciate the attention to detail, very nice.

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 04:50 AM

You kids and your games.
Another fine piece of work Gene but do you actually play all of these?
They are beautiful enough to be living room art / conversation pieces of course, but it would be a shame not to play.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 05:42 AM

I really like what you have made…I also like games like this one, but for some reason my wife does not, so I don’t play often.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 08:00 AM

What a great job on all of these! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 10:30 AM

Gene, man you got some great ones up your sleve, I get lost in the rules,but I sure enjoy seeing your make,
Another beauty, your Kids sure dont get bored I bet, (as well as the “old Man”) :: )))

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

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#6 posted 06-12-2012 10:43 AM

Beautiful build. How much time do you have in making this?

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 06-12-2012 10:55 AM

I absolutely LOVE your work!

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

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#8 posted 06-12-2012 10:57 AM

another wonderful game, i love the simplicity of the figure,. While they still look detailed.
You should try to reach the developers Gene, and see if they are willing to update to your
versions!? beautiful work again.

-- -Thomas -

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#9 posted 06-12-2012 11:38 AM

Another great one Gene – the design is unique and the craftsmanship is superb. The box really sets it off…..nicely done.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 06-12-2012 12:02 PM

Dang Gene, you kicked it up a notch again.
That really does look like I want to touch it. And I bet it does weigh 5 pounds.

Mid century Soviet apartment blocks – I love the imagery.
Well done sir,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 06-12-2012 12:44 PM

Very kool. I think many kids would take better care of somethng hand made like this.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 06-12-2012 12:48 PM

That is a beautiful game and I love the storage box too. If that was in a room with me I would have to sit down and try it out. It looks so intriguing. Very well done.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 06-12-2012 12:53 PM

Gene you have done it again!
This is my favorite, perhaps since I am an architect… lol.
This one will go to my favorites, and also get a place in my heart.
Best of my thoughts,

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

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#14 posted 06-12-2012 01:04 PM

Nice work.
That is like a game my brother and I play called Quoridor.

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#15 posted 06-12-2012 01:05 PM

Absolutely marvelous Gene. You always have nice contrasts in your games.

You followed the Shellac with Lacuqer. Why? And why did you finish the board differently? Finishes are one of my weak points that I’m trying to get a handle on. Sorry, I’m the kid that always asks ‘why?’ a million times.

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

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