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Project by Steve Griffin posted 04-24-2008 10:27 PM 4411 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a birthday present for my brother who is a Game Fiend. I had this Sapeli sitting around and thought I could make it out of that. It turned out beautiful. I found that the grain really stands out when I stained it with a Red Mahogany stain. I didn’t like the typical piano hinge idea so I thought and I thought and I finally came up with four cables Gorilla glued into a tight fitting hole. The icing on the cake was when I found these miniature wooden skulls at a bead shop that I used for counters. My brother and I get together at the coffee shop and play with it all the time.

-- Steve, Beaverton, OR

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#1 posted 04-24-2008 10:44 PM

looks great.. nice work

-- making sawdust....

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#2 posted 04-25-2008 03:47 AM

That’s pretty cool. Nice finish.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-25-2008 12:28 PM

Hi Steve,

This is a nice project and you did a wonderful job with the finish.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-25-2008 02:29 PM

That’s a pretty cool design … the wire hinges are an excellent choice … and the skull is only fitting … since the kids kill me at that game every time! lol

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#5 posted 04-25-2008 06:20 PM

Looks good.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 07:26 PM

NOCE WORK… I love Mancala. How did you make the round and oval cups?

-- God bless! Freddo (Northern - NJ) Our Creator designed us to create - so use WOOD!

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#7 posted 06-17-2009 08:51 PM

yes, I wanna know too, what did you use to make the buttom of the holes cup like that, the worlds largest drill bit?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 06-18-2009 01:30 AM

I like it, so will my daughter. I will have her build us a version of the same. (probably use penguins instead of mini skulls though) lol I would also like to know what you used to make your cups so perfectly.


-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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