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Posted on How can I make Backgammon pieces?

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 04:10 PM

I’ve never done this but thinking about it I would laminate stock together then rip into square strips. You might need to rip them by using a sled because the longer they are the more fragile they will be. You could also use a 45 degree bevel router bit on the router table in conjunction with a sled and table saw and end up with strips that have a hexagonal cross section. These would be easier to turn. Then slice them on a band saw after they are turned and then sand them with a tumbler. You could build the tumbler and a small lathe. The lathe would not have to be large. I have looked into tumblers before and they are very simple and are suppose to be able to give a nice finish. You can find directions on how to build a tumbler and a small lathe on the internet. In a pinch you could rig up a drill press as a lathe. You would probably have to presand the faces before they went into the tumbler. And you could sand the circumference (which would end up being the sides) on the lathe before you slice them. I don’t have a lot of lathe experience and one question I have is whether or not these strips would be so fragile they might be dangerous to turn because the grain would be running cross ways. You could rig up a follower rest. However, in your laminating you could alternate the grain at 90 degree intervals and this should strengthen it significantly and I don’t think the appearance of the pieces would suffer significantly. Of course you could save a lot of time by using dowels but in my opinion the end grain would be on the faces and they would loose their beauty. They would also end up being fragile. Finally you could just save yourself a lot of trouble and just buy them. There are people who import finished pieces from China and if you bought them in quantities of a 100 or even 500 they would be very cheap I imagine. If you did this it might save you a whole lot of trouble because who knows what kinds of problems you might run into trying to make some quality pieces? However, if you like to experiment doing something that you’ve never done before this sounds like it would be a fun project and a nice challenge. I’m also assuming that you want to get set up to make a number of these boards.


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