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Project by ChuckH posted 10-30-2013 03:29 PM 23746 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I made this as a Christmas present in 2011. I constructed a panel from several edge glued oak boards (smooth big box stuff). I used a slot bit in the router to fit biscuits. After the board was done and sanded I used a rudimentary circle jig to make the circle.

I then cut up the circle jig and made a card sized notch in it. Using a flush cut router bit I clamped the template, routed it out, and then rotated it around the center, and cut again. For the center I made a new pin hole in the jig and moved it inwards.

The finger grab indents are done, as you can probably tell, with a forstner bit. The bowls were done with the router using a simple round template. A simple lazy susan is fixed to the bottom.


I don’t remember how I finished this. I can see a can of stain in one picture, so I think I stained it, then varnished it… with polyurethane maybe.


Bad Stuff:
  • This was the only hardwood I could get [at the box store] and it was too thin. I nearly went through in places, DID go through using the forstner once, and some of the larger stacks of cards are too tall.
  • I used a 3/4” flush trim bit, and was only cutting about 1/2” into the stock. The template material, MDF, was squishy, and so the bearing was able to squish into the template, which allowed the bit to cut it, which made it squishier… about 1/3 way through I had to make a new template, and even then there were some problems.
  • Obviously I did not clean up the forstner holes – they are a bit shy intentionally to allow a finger nail to get under the cards, but I should have cleaned up the center hole.
  • Router pass marks are everywhere – although I did sand this, I didn’t do a great job, especially any place where it was hard to get into the space.
Good Stuff:
  • I’m happy with the grain matching I did. It could have been better, but for a first glue up, very happy.
  • It worked.
Other Stuff:
  • I have yet to work up the resolve to track down some source of wood in my area.

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#1 posted 10-30-2013 05:26 PM

My son plays magic, I wonder if this would work for him, nice job.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 12:05 AM

Looks great and it’s a piece that I’m sure gets plenty of use.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 12:27 AM

That is a brilliant idea for Dominion. Going to have to remember this…

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#4 posted 10-31-2013 12:49 PM

Looks great! Just need to make that top a “lid” so a bottom container can store the game and all the expansions. :)

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 01:38 PM

Jeff – Magic is a little different. You could certainly make a sweet box for Magic cards (with deck dividers, etc), but it’s hard to come up with a way to make something that would help with gameplay.

Chuck – Looks great!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#6 posted 10-31-2013 01:52 PM

It’s done very well and really looks nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 11-01-2013 03:56 PM

Great idea and it looks great and well designed. A cool Christmas present for sure.

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#8 posted 11-04-2013 09:33 PM

I love Dominion. Great game. I really like this carousel. The game setup is my only complaint and this would make is so nice. Plus then every person could spin the board to be able to read teh cards right side up.
Nice work.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 03-02-2014 04:33 PM

Wow, this is neat. I came across a picture of this by chance and followed it to this forum. My young son plays this game. Would you be interested in selling me one of these? I am a mom and work full-time and this is definitely not within my skill set (I wouldn’t even know where to begin). If not you, then maybe you can refer me to someone who might be able to take on the project? Thanks!

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#10 posted 03-10-2014 03:30 PM

Hey DDT Sorry about the delay, I haven’t had much time for LJ lately. Similarly I haven’t had much time for the shop; I will ask around on BGG to see if anyone is interested in making one ( and let you know. Or maybe they will get involved in LJ and PM you directly.

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