|Project by drbyte||posted 341 days ago||1128 views||14 times favorited||8 comments|
Mancala—The ancient game fit for everyone! This is a game of counting and strategy. More info can be found here: and clear rules here: . Kids love the game and it really helps teach them counting and moving strategies. This board was made for a grand-daughter. She has played since she was about four or five years old. I cut twelve three inch squares by three-quarters of an inch thick for the bowls, six Maple and six Cherry. I added a Beech accent strip between the bowls then glued them together and down on one-half inch Baltic Birch plywood. Quite a lot of sanding followed! One side and one end are one-half inch Walnut strips while the other side and end are one-half inch Mahogany strips. The outer banding strips stand just a bit proud (about one-eighth inch) of the playing surface to help keep errant game pieces on the board. The bowls or cups are two and one eighth inch in diameter by one-half inch deep. I used a chamfer router bit to widen the bowl rims by about one-eighth inch to make it easier to pick the pebbles out of the bowl. My last Mancala board had bowls about five-sixteenths of an inch deep and that is just not enough for these glass pebbles. The finish is hand wiped,rubbed and wet-sanded Danish oil. Build one for your own enjoyment (or the kids/family/etc). When starting out with a young or new player the game maybe played with three pebbles in each bowl, but four is more traditional. As always questions and comments are welcome! And keep the wood chips flying!!
-- Dennis, WV