Sapele Mancala Board

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Project by Brett posted 12-23-2013 11:08 PM 1645 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a playing board for Mancala.

The cups were routed freehand with a box core bit. The legs are sapele turned on the lathe. Finish is boiled linseed oil. I sprayed the inside of the cups with black spray paint to try and give it an aged/patina look (and to hide the burn marks!). The playing pieces are decorative rocks purchased from the craft store.

I whipped this out in about 3 hours total time. I do like the irregular shapes of the cups but I think in the next one, I will make a template to get some straight lines and consistent shapes. I also would like to try hand carving one out of a piece of log for that truly primitive/tribal sort of look.

Thanks for looking!

Mancala rules here

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 03:26 AM

Love mancala. I kind of like the irregular cups.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 06:45 AM

Where have I been?
Never heard of this game.
I do like your previous board better with the “rough” look.
Thanks for posting the rules….......................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 11:58 AM

Great Game. – Great board

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 07:10 PM

Gorgeous mancala! My wife loves it, it brings back great memories. Like the cool uneven cups and the legs. Great job!

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