Making a Game for $5.00 #1: Starting Out

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Blog entry by Deela40 posted 12-18-2009 02:54 AM 3667 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Bible study I am a part of is having a party for Christmas. Each person is supposed to bring one gift, spending no more than $5.00. I saw this as a challenge. $5.00 isn’t much and I wanted to offer something of higher value. Lucky for me, my wife recently brought home some free pieces of wood.

She works at an art gallery and they were getting rid of some random things. She saw some wood they had used as plaques that were going to be tossed. As she is industrious and thoughtful, she decided to bring it home to see if I could use it. I decided to try to make some sort of game out of the stuff, giving me a head start on the cost as it was free.

I was looking through the games on Lumber Jocks for ideas and came across the Math Game made by scrollsaw. This reminded me of a similar game called Shut The Box I had seen in the past that was a lot of fun to play. I decided that this was going to be my gift.

I wanted to add in a bit of contrast with the wood I was going to use for the game. I decided to use some oak for the tiles and what I think is possibly redwood for the box, though I am not sure as I am still learning the different types of wood.

The first thing I did was to cut strips out of the oak to make the tiles. Then I cut off the routered edges of the redwood.

I didn’t have much time to work on it the first night so that’s about as far as I got.

Check back tomorrow to see my progress.

Also, if you follow these posts, please feel free to offer advice. I am a beginning woodworker. I have a very limited knowledge of techniques and I often just make stuff up when I don’t know what I am doing.


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#1 posted 12-18-2009 04:23 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. You found a great place for information and inspiration.
I am looking forward to following your post as Shut-the -Box is a game I am interested in makng in the near future.

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#2 posted 12-18-2009 05:58 AM

shut the box is a great idea and a great game!!!!!!!

nine man’s morris is another ancient game.

how about score four?

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#3 posted 12-18-2009 06:49 AM

Scrap games are always winners…

My former neighbor found a HUGE collection of old golf tees at a yard sale, and decided to make a bunch of clones of that jumping game thing you see at Cracker Barrel as Christmas gifts last year. The wood was scrap, the golf tees I think were $1.00 for a bag of maybe 150 or so. Oh, they were all white so he colored them with a sharpie, not sure how much three colored sharpies cost…

I have an official one, and aside from the cheesy finish on the tees, he did a bang up job on the games… They really went over well and are hard to tell from the real one…

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#4 posted 12-18-2009 11:47 PM

Can’t wait to see the finished game…..and the material price was great.

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