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Settlers of Catan board

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Project by Brasco18 posted 03-02-2013 02:01 AM 1332 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a very finicky thing to make. I made all the hexagons and border out of 3/4 inch plywood. Made the “resource” pieces all identical by first creating a template. I made the template by drawing a hexagon with a compass onto some thin plywood. I then roughed it out and then sanded to the line. I made four templates and made sure they fit together just right. I took this template and taped it to blanks that I then cut on the router table with a template bit. The result was 30 identical hexagons; enough for both the 3-4 player versions and the 5-6 play expansion.

Making the border was much more complicated. Even with everything measured out, test fitted and all, I had to make further adjustments after all the painting and finishing; even a thing layer of paint adds up pretty quickly over 30 hexagon pieces. The border pieces fit together like a puzzle. I made a template for them as well.

The coloring is just spray paint. I did a base of white, then used 1” tape around the edges, folding the edge of the tape down on both sides to make a 1/8” border. I then painted them various colors. I finished them all with two coats of shellac.

It’s a super tight fit getting them all into the border. The last two pieces usually have to be whacked in. I will probably make some more adjustments to the border pieces in order to get things to fit more easily. But for now, it works. I’ve already played a few games on it.

For those of you who have not played Settlers of Catan, you should check it out. It’s a really fun game. For those of you who have, then you know it can be a little annoying getting the board to sit flat and to fit together properly. It’s also so lite weight. I decided to make a bigger and better one. This board locks together super tight, has some heft to it, and the pieces are about 25% bigger than the original, giving you more space to see what’s going on.

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.





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NedB

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 02:32 PM

+1 favorite… I’m putting this on my to do list… as my kids love playing Settlers.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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davebulow

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 05:11 PM

Fantastic! :-) Are you making sea hexes for Seafarers too?

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Brandon

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 08:25 PM

I love it. I made a board for settler’s out of a thick card board stock, but have always thought about doing a wooden board.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Brasco18

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#4 posted 03-03-2013 01:40 AM

Dave, yes, I m going to make a bunch of water hexes for seafarers. Actually, I plan on making a bunch more hexes so I can make different scenarios. Eventually, I want to make larger settlements and cities, too.

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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soylentgreen

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 01:31 PM

Nice, I love catan, and will finely will be finishing mine this week, gonna have to look into seafarers tiles.

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