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02-28-2012 04:30 AM

I am thinking to make a “Shut the Box” game.

I have a few ideas about how to make the numbers that go on the little tiles, but I’m not liking my ideas much!

First thought was scroll saw, but I don’t know how to find the numbers- and how to design them to scroll, to where the centers wouldn’t fall out. I googled a bunch, but got nowhere. Or would I have to make them all a double layered thing, where I glue the scrolled part to a plain hunk of wood-?

Sounds like a lot of work.

My wife says, use her stamp set. But I am not sure the ink will stay put when I varnish/ Watco them, and the numbers are so little- that idea kinda leaves me flat too.

What do you fellers suggest? Is there a way to maybe purchase these? A better way to imprint on them? Or maybe I should just get out the sharpie and write it out?!?

thanks for your thoughts and ideas.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 06:51 AM

Do they have to be “flush”? There are run on transfer letters (stationary store), they usually will stay under a lacquer finish.

Also maybe clock numbers if they don’t have to be flush…

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 10:28 AM

You might try buying a stencil set or make your own stencil from thin poster board or other appropriate material. If you use a stencil you will need a brush to go with it that looks something like a small version of a barber brush to dab the paint on. Model paint would probably work good as it dries fast and is pretty durable.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 12:23 PM

Three good ideas, looks like I need a trip to the hobby shop this afternoon!

That will be fun- a big grey bearded bib-overall wearing guy who has to ask the crafty ladies where to get stenciled. Oh well, after getting felt at JoAnn fabric, it should be no big deal.

I don’t guess they need to be flush- as long as they are all about the same thickness. I’ve never made one of these before, I will of course design to accommodate. Plans? We don’ need no STEENKIN’ plans!!

Thanks guys!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 03:44 PM

You were felt at JoAnns? I never get any action there!

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 04:11 PM

As far as your wife’s stamp set goes you might do a test on a scrap of wood to see how it holds up.

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 10:29 PM

Dan V.,

If you got felt at JoAnns, perhaps you should go to an “adult” site to tell the story!



-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 10:53 PM

oh ya, the felt up there at Jo-ans. It was pretty stiff, too. Just what I needed to lay into the bottom of my boxes. The felt I swiped from my wife was not stiff at all.

That was actually a reference to an earlier post where I was looking for options on lining boxes! Ya, you know where my mind is. But I am quite sure I did not say anything that can not be repeated in polite company.

As a postscript- I used a stencil set from Michael’s Crafts, with some brown acrylic paint for the “Shut the Box” game. I sprayed some shellac over the numbers after they were dry. I think that is going to work out fine, although I am not real happy with the quality of the work I did on the numbers. There are tricks to stencils.

The game is not done yet, I need to start finish work. I try to batch things up, once I start finish work, I stop using power tools. Partly a space consideration, partly to keep dust off fresh finishes. I will have about 8 boxes of all sizes and complexities coming thru in the next week or two. I’ll take some shots and share once finish is on.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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