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Project by Scott Shea posted 523 days ago 1290 views 18 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Christmas was fast approaching and I have set a goal to make at least one heirloom quality item a year for Christmas as a family gift, starting the previous year with the wagon. This was built in one day using maple and red oak, as well as 3/4” dowels from a big box store.
This came from an idea I saw online of similar design. Starting from one piece of 1X3×36” maple plank, I glued the maple planks cut down to about 3.5” with 1/4” red oak strips between them, and waited for the pieces to dry. I used the new quick drying Gorilla Glue to speed the build up. I forgot to mention, this was built on October 31st, and I wanted to be finished before the Trick-O-Treaters came. I started the build at 10am, and finished by about 5:30pm.
Once the glue dried, I used my table saw to rip across the panels. I planed to use the kerf of the table saw to help make sure it was completely square when I placed the strip of 1/4” red oak between the next pieces. This made for a nice nine framed squares for the tic-tac-toe board.
While this was drying, I went ahead and drilled the holes for the dowels. I estimated the center and used my battery powered Ryobi hand drill and drilled the 3/4” holes for the dowels. I cut the downs to be about 3” long, and glued them into place. I only eyeballed the holes, and unfortunately they were not all straight up and down.
Next, I cut out 3” squares using a plank of maple and also drilled holes in the center, but this time I drilled the holes to about 1” wide to allow the piece to fit well over the dowels. I then used my table saw to cut the corners off six pieces to make the “O’s”.
I used my jig saw to cut the notches to make the “X’s”.
Since I have a toddler and a newborn, I figured that inevitably they would stick the pieces in their mouths, so I finished everything with a coat of butcher block oil and wiped it dry.
I was not there this year to see the kids open up this gift as I was/am forward deployed, but my wife assures me that they loved it.
This project cost me about $45 dollars. It should last a long time.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!





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JesseTutt

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#1 posted 523 days ago

Nice

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Paul59

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#2 posted 523 days ago

Great gift idea!

-- "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the sea." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery

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don1960

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#3 posted 523 days ago

Love that! A great execution of a novel idea.

I see my grandson’s next toy here. :-)

-- -- Don from PA

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Knothead62

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#4 posted 522 days ago

I know what my next project will be for the grandkids. Instead of using strips between the squares, why not run the base over a tablesaw and put a groove in it and then paint/stain the groove?
My complements on the idea of the heirloom for the family.

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Scott Shea

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#5 posted 522 days ago

Thank you for the comments! That is a great idea Knothead62. That is a great approach to it as well, and it certainly would work. I have seen some great ideas on tic-tac-toe board on this website too.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#6 posted 522 days ago

This is a great gift idea and a fun project. The kids will enjoy and treasure this for many years.

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Scott Shea

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#7 posted 222 days ago

Unfortunately, the wife did not keep up with the monthly butcher block oil treatment like I had asked while I was deployed for 6 months and the board warped and broke, rendering it unrepairable and nothing more than firewood. What a waste of good maple and red oak.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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