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Forum topic by Chris Dehmer posted 06-05-2009 03:19 PM 2941 views 4 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris Dehmer

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06-05-2009 03:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: backgammon

So here it is guys, my first post. I made a few of these sets a couple of years ago but was recently asked to make another. I would love for somebody to come up with a better way to make the playing pieces for me. I used a router with a guide busing inside a hole made with a hole saw. The only problem is that the pieces are really difficult to get smooth enough for my taste. If I remember correctly, it took about a day to make all of the pieces. Any ideas?

Thanks, Chris

-- Chris,Atlanta Georgia,

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#1 posted 06-05-2009 04:03 PM

Hey Chris
This is a fantastic backgammon set super job

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#2 posted 06-05-2009 04:11 PM

Beautiful board.
First thing that comes to mind is a tumbler used to grind and polish rocks and metal. A vibrating one would probably be best, but more expensive. All sorts of abrasives are used, carborundum grit, ceramic cones, steel shot and even walnut shell chunks. Might look for one at yard sales.

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#3 posted 06-05-2009 06:36 PM

Hi Chris
i love to know how you made this as its something i have always wanted to make but never knew were to start if you have plans that your willing to share i would be most greatfull

Thanks for your post i love it


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#4 posted 06-05-2009 06:57 PM

I think the easiest way to go about it would be to turn one large round piece, and then slice it to the pieces. but that requires a lathe…

what tools do you have in your disposal that you can use? I think that might help people help you better.

thats a very nice set by the way.

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#5 posted 06-05-2009 07:19 PM

I have a lathe but don’t want to have the end grain on the face of the piece, I did make a jig to hod the pieces in the lathe for sanding but it still takes forever.

As to other tools, if you can think of it, I probably have it, or would not mind buying it. I want to win the tools race.

-- Chris,Atlanta Georgia,

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#6 posted 06-05-2009 08:08 PM

love it

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 06-05-2009 09:51 PM

Purp is on the right trail. Why not something like these (turning blanks from Penn State Industries)

Bottle Stopper Blanks


Stabilized Burl like these

Stabilized !

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#8 posted 06-05-2009 09:56 PM

Why not just try a lathe ? They are not as difficult as you might think.It would be the answer to your problems in one swoop plus you would find it fun I am sure.Alistair

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#9 posted 06-05-2009 10:14 PM

Just a thought.

By the way, beautiful set!

Get your round stock, then you’ll have to figure a tool to scribe the sides. Scribe the sides like coins, then polish one side, then slab off, then smooth the other side. They wont be smooth like the ones you made but they will be like wooden coins. Easier to handle, not as slippery. I think easier to make. I know the smooth round are traditional, just an idea.

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#10 posted 06-06-2009 04:48 PM

Gorgeous board! How much are you asking for one?

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#11 posted 09-17-2011 10:00 PM

I have almost completed my first backgammon board. I have wanted to make one of these since starting one some 30years ago. Anyway, I used a granite core bit and a trip to any flooring company. You can get a single tile with amazing color and patten. I did not like the thickness so I cut them in half with my tile saw. Then I put felt on the backs. They have a nice “heft” to them and they compliment the wood. Hope this doesn’t break the rules.

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#12 posted 09-17-2011 11:26 PM

Why not just CROSS Cut a 1-1/2” thick board or thicker and then mount it into your lathe. That way the end grain would be on the sides. Just a thought.. These guys had the right answer, turning them on the lathe then just cut them off.. I think it would be a really quick way to do it.

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#13 posted 09-18-2011 01:08 AM

Very nice – especially the way you have made special places to the dice.

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#14 posted 09-30-2011 03:43 AM

I recently cut a set of checkers for a fellow and engraved his initials in the top of them. They were all cut with the long grain up with a CNC machine. I can do the same for you easy enough, with initials, logos or not.
I cannot seem to get an image to post so go to www, to see what they look like.
PM me if you are interested.

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