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Forum topic by joirishman posted 02-04-2011 02:50 PM 1311 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2011 02:50 PM

I’m making a few Sapo (sp) tables. It’s a south american game where you throw brass pieces onto this game board. The board looks very similar to a bed side or end table. There are divisions inside the drawer in the front that divide where your pieces land when they fall in the holes. Each hole is worth a different amount. In the center, you put a brass frog (the sapo) over the center hole.

Ok, that was a long explanation, but my questions come with the design of the pieces. I wanted to get a little feedback on the design. It’ll be made with tenons and biscuits where appropriate. I’ll be using red oak because it’s only $1 BF from my local mill. You’ll notice I’ve got a square brass rod across the front that’s removable to keep the edge from exploding when the brass pieces are thrown at it.

There is no standard for the game board measurements, but I’ve made it as close to the “norm” as I could. Any thoughts on the design that might help me improve it a little? The one I will be making is to put a better handle on it, not a hole through the drawer face as you see here.

Don’t know why, but I’m a little hesitant to get started yet. It doesn’t feel “right” for some reason.

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 03:09 AM

How about lining the inside of the table with pieces of brass from a door kick plate, and you could bend a piece into an L-shape to cover the front corner. If the pieces are very heavy you might want to cover the part with the holes in it.

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 04:41 AM

The inside of the table needs a little friction to it so the pieces you throw don’t easily slide into a hole. Some even use rubber to keep them from sliding too much.

I’m not sure what you mean about the part with the holes in it.

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#3 posted 09-25-2013 01:36 PM

How did your Sopo table turn out? I’m looking to do the same but having a hard time finding spinners and brass frogs.

Any leads on where I might find them?

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#4 posted 09-25-2013 01:40 PM

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