Making a Game for $5.00 #2: Starting to Take Shape

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Blog entry by Deela40 posted 12-19-2009 04:07 AM 3735 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last night I was able to get the box all ready to put together. I cut the sides and the base each at a 45-degree angle. I also cut the sides at 45-degrees on the ends where they fit together.

I am kicking myself for cutting the base and the sides like that as I think it is going to be hard to glue together. Are there any techniques to make it easier?

After I got all the pieces cut, I sanded everything down. Here is what the box will look like when put together.

I also stopped by the hardware store last night and got a few things. I bought some washers to put between the tiles. I also got a 3/16 inch steel rod to put the tiles on. I was thinking about using a wooden dowel but I didn’t think it would be as strong. Finally, I bought some stencils to help me draw numbers on the tiles. I have a few paint pens and am hoping there will be enough in them to get all the numbers drawn.

Here is a summary of what I have spent thus far:

Wood – Free
Brass Washers – $.96
Steel Rod – $1.26
Stencils – $1.43

Total so far – $3.65

Tonight, I am going to be working on the tiles. I need to decide on how many numbers (10 or 12) I am going to use, then figure out the measurements, cut them up and drill the holes. I might also put some walnut oil on them so they will be ready for me to start assembling the box tomorrow.


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#1 posted 12-19-2009 05:26 AM

You can tape the side and bottom edges together and put glue on the miters then fold them up, that will keep the joint corners tight. Marc on the woodwhisperer has a video on this type of joinery on one of his projects but I can’t remember which one it was. Lots of clamps. Good luck.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 03:26 PM

do what zlantav does for the bottom and use “C” spring clamps on the sides. These are a specialty woodworkers tool typically used for picture frames. These work great for that too. Also when buying tape look for the specific “V-Fold” tape. It must be that I think it’s scotch 266 or something. This tape stretches and acts as a clamp. It has top be that and not shipping tape. #1. the residue from packing tape is crap #2 Packing tape don’t stretch near as far as v-fold does.

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 03:34 PM

Thanks for the advice guys. Looks like I might have to go look for some tape this morning.


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