Mancala Playing Board

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Project by Brett posted 12-21-2013 09:30 PM 8632 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a Mancala game board made from Madrone.

I used a plunge router with a box core bit mounted to carve out the cups that hold the game pieces. I drew the lines on the piece and routed them freehand. I was looking for a primitive look for the board so I used some carving tools to gouge the cups and edges to try and make it have a hand carved appearance.

The legs were turned on the lathe and installed by drilling a hole for each leg on the bottom of the board and glueing the leg tenon in the hole. I used Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil Finish to make it darker and add some more protection for the wood, rather than being left bare. I bought some decorative stones from the craft store for the playing pieces.

I am very pleased with the over all look of this particular board. It has the look and feel that I had in mind when I started out on making this project. This was a quick and satisfying project and I plan to make more to give away soon!

Thanks for checking it out!


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 09:47 PM

Very nice! The free from shapes are a good match for this game.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-22-2013 12:00 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 12-22-2013 04:27 AM

Very nice build. I remember playing a game that looked allot like this when I was in Viet Nam…I don’t remember what it was called or even how to play it…something to do with the pebbles I know…can you explain how to play the game or a website that will.

Thanks for sharring

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 12-22-2013 04:39 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments! Find how to play the game here.

How to play mancala. We use 4 seeds vs. the 3 seeds that are used as their example but play is still the same.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 01:52 PM

Gr8 game board. This’ll be a nice Christmas gift to anyone.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 06:12 PM

Great Mancala board! Nice job!! Taught my two youngest grand-children to play and count with this game!

-- Dennis, WV

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#7 posted 03-04-2014 11:31 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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