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woodworkerforchrist

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06-23-2017 01:04 PM

Hello fellow woodworkers! I havnt been on here for awhile so I thought I would say Hi and post a question. I am starting to make marble game boards again and wanting to make them better and with storage for marbles. Specifically the round Solitaire game boards. The best idea I have seen is where a track is routed around the edge. I do have a router but I have only used it to round over edges of projects lol. I know the router can do alot but I’m not skilled with it yet. I do alot of scrollsawing and was going to just cut a ring of wood out and mount it to another larger round board and then just mount game board in the middle, but that’s a weird way to do it and would use twice as much wood per board so I don’t want to do that. I assume there’s a way to make that track with the router and it looks real nice. I’m guessing jig could be made? OR is it possible to do it on a drill press with a roundover bit or a forester bit? I am actually attempting that right now and its seems the roundover and forester work but not sure how accurate I have my router mounted in a table so I thought I would try this first. Also wondering how to rout a indented spot for marbles on other types of games boards, and also for a deck of cards.and or dice. I would appreciate all tips and advice. Thanks and have a great day! Marty from MinneSNOWta

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta


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#1 posted 06-23-2017 02:15 PM

Marty, for the bits & holes check this page from Rockler For running a groove / dado around the edge you can use an edge guide or since you’re router is in a table you can set the fence for the desired distance from the edge and then drop the board over the bit. The edge guide will let you watch while you cut but the fence on table is upside down so you’ll be working a bit blind, but with practice and knowing where your starts and stops are I find it easier because there’s less set up.

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woodworkerforchrist

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#2 posted 06-23-2017 02:48 PM

It actually works on the drill press with a cove bit. I drilled a hole in the center of a blank and mounted it in place on another board then clamped on drill press table. I lower bit to desired depth and then just turn it. It works great! Let me know your thoughts and other ideas.

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta

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#3 posted 06-23-2017 02:58 PM

Marty, your router is absolutely the way to go for this task. The groove around the edge not only works well for storage, it really makes the game board look really good. I’ve even seen these with a molding routed on the outer edge, which gives them an extra bit of pizzazz. Is it possible use your router table to set up a temporary jig with a pivot pin like the one many of use to cut discs on the band saw? Your starting and stopping point could be indicated on the bottom (face up side on the router table) using blue painter’s tape and a Sharpie. Taking a different approach, if you have access to a lathe, the marble storage groove could be turned in quickly and easily using a face plate. I hope you will keep us updated on your project! Barry

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woodworkerforchrist

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#4 posted 06-23-2017 08:18 PM

It actually worked on the drill press with a cove bit! I drilled a hole in the center of a blank and mounted it on another board then clamped on drill press table. I lowered the bit to desired depth and then just turn it. It works great! Its not perfect bit pretty nice. I wpild like to do the router way some time though Let me know your thoughts and other ideas. Thanks for the tips already!

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta

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#5 posted 06-23-2017 09:19 PM

Look online and find a plan to make a router circle jig. Easy to build and use for the marble groove around the board and the outside edge to dress it up. Then just use the drill press for the game holes.

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