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Project by 502flier posted 07-23-2012 04:49 PM 1169 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our family get-togethers typically involve games of the marble game aggravation. Other family members have game boards made of plywood, but I thought a nice walnut board might make a good Christmas present for my wife. It is a reversible board, so has 6 player setup on one side and 4 player on the other, with barrel hinges so that there aren’t unsightly hinges showing on either side. I had some walnut left over, so made a box to hold cards and marbles. The biggest challenge was finding just the right marbles and involved a 4 hour round trip and $50.

Interestingly enough, my wife had been to a craft fair while I was away for the summer working and purchased a backgammon board for me that is almost the same size as this board. The backgammon board is clearly a more mass-produced item, but the finish is an all natural combination of beeswax and oils. I finished my pieces in Tung oil.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up





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502flier

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 04:50 PM

Forgot to mention the zebrawood inlay on the board and partition in the box.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 05:44 PM

Nice game board! A job well done!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 05:57 PM

Thanks Jim! I’m learning as I go!

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 07:15 PM

Nice work. What is the deal with the over sized marble? We always used 4 of the same size.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 08:51 PM

Nice board ! It’s sad that commercial stuff is such a poor second choice . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 07-23-2012 09:03 PM

@Topamax – I loved the wood so much that I didn’t want to paint the holes in the board, so I made an extra, bigger hole so that a player could choose their color and place a large marble in the spot to indicate their home area. The trough around the outside helps to contain those errant marbles that would otherwise roll off the board and onto the floor.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#7 posted 07-23-2012 10:56 PM

Ok, thanks. Thought there might be a different way to play it ;-) That is a great idea.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 12:55 PM

You have some really great features. I like the barrel hinges, reversible 4 and 6 player sides, and especially the marble trough. Using the shooters as markers is a nice touch; it’s much, much nicer than paint. Thanks for posting your beautiful board.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 01:34 PM

Kevin, this is very nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 07-25-2012 04:14 AM

Thanks for your kind words. I guess I’ll have to keep making more stuff.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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