|Forum topic by Tony1212||posted 05-08-2014 02:16 PM||618 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
05-08-2014 02:16 PM
During our lunch hour, my co-workers and I like to play the game Go. It’s an ancient Asian strategy game where two players place black or white stones on a board to “own” some territory. The person with the most territory at the end of the game wins.
The board is basically a grid. The stones get placed on the intersections of the lines. Here's a picture of a go board with some stones on it. The boards can be any size, but commonly are either 9×9, 13×13, or 19×19.
Online, the boards can go from very cheap to very expensive and you tend to get what you pay for. We all have nice ones at home, but we keep the cheap ones at work to play on there in case they go missing. The cheap boards are made out of thin wood and all of them have warped. So when we put the board on a table, it rocks and moves all the stones around.
I tried to make one board with a 9×9 on one side and a 13×13 on the other, but when I put the finish on, the ink bled making the lines all blurry. I used a scrap piece of BB ply from another project for the board, figuring that it would be fairly stable and not warp. I put a couple of coats of Minwax Spray Lacquer then I drew the lines with a thin Sharpie marker, then another coat of lacquer to protect the ink from wearing off.
Should I have used a water based poly instead? It took me a long time to get the grid laid out and drawn correctly. I was rather upset that the ink ran like that when I put that last coat of lacquer on it.
-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs