Hidden board game #2

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Project by hurailer posted 04-26-2013 12:23 PM 1830 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After building the first secret board game, I remembered, that I can’t play chess at all. :-D But the idea was good, and because of that, I build a much easier game for my bordered mind.

I also found some problems in the construction of the first board. The chess board was only accessible from the top. I have to removed the glued glass to change an LED or anything else. The second difficulty was the veneer. I built the frame first and applied the veneer on top of the full frame. So I had some problems to cut the borders at the inner line without any tear.

These things I wanted to change in this project. So I startet with cutting the strips for the frame. Then I glued the veneer (it’s rosewood) on three sides (the bottom is without, you can’t see it anyway), cut the rabbet on the tablesaw and the mitres at the end.
After that I mounted the four parts with a tension belt and glue. After sanding all sides, I oiled the frame with Danish Oil.

So the technics can be assebled outside and attached in one part. First I layed in the plexiglass, then a plate of black polystyrene with CNC milled holes as a mask for the light and at last a box with LEDs and a mash for guiding the light. All parts are fixed with four clamps and covered with a bottom of plywood. So I can remove and repair every part easily.

I don’t know if you know the game I realised in this board. It’s called ” Mensch ärgere dich nicht ” and google says the English equivalent is “Ludo”.

Now I only have to create some matching figures, but I have no idea, how I could do this. Any suggestion?

-- Ein echter Deutscher Holzwurm! -- A pure German woodworm!

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 01:54 PM

I would love to see the inside too.

For the figures/pawns I would try to get some transparent plastic/glass pawns. Next put some transparent colored plastic, like color filters, on the bottom. Then if you put them on top of a white led, it should glow in the appropriate color.
Something like:

Or just use something like this:

PS we call it “Mens erger je niet!”. So pretty much the same as you Germans use.

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 10:44 PM

You are one amazing woodworker, very creative and ingenious …. well done

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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