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Pucket backgammon game serving tray #1: Building the tray

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-12-2021 12:08 PM 1505 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pucket backgammon game serving tray
building the tray.

To make projects for my daughter, is just about the best thing I know.
So when she told me she needed a serving tray, for her new apartment and had a backgammon on her wish list, I decided it was a chance.
It was just about at the same time I saw or LJ buddy doubleDD posting a pucket game and thought that would bee fun for drinking games, with her study friends (she study to become a Constructing architect), so I send you a thanks for the inspiration.
So now it was all about fulfilling her dreams and spice it up with a pucket game.
Of course I wanted it all in one piece, why not. ;-)

Pucket game is also known as: puck game, sling hockey, sling puck game.


Here the sketch I made as I went on, adjusted while working on the project and finally gave some colours once done, so others could get easier around it.


This was actually the first sketch, to be honest.


It was still winter, so what better way to spend the hours, than in a warm workshop creating.


Just a few weeks before, I found these wonderful hardwood boards in the street, just three houses away and yes, I love recycle, so of course I had to use them.


Sawing out the sides.


That will be luxury fire in the wood stove.


Planing to thickness.
When I see this picture, I wonder why I never use the digital read out I mounted… Guess it’s the habit.


The size of the board was set due to the fact, I had some cut off’s from thin ply, that I got a bunch of for next to nothing, the company had used the rest and sold the cut off’s, I think a lot of companies should do that, it would be good for us all.
For the length, I looked at what proportion I liked and what seemed to give a good area, for playing the pucket game.


In comes the heavy artillery, this will make the fingers an easy and fast game.
I have really come to like this one and have always been a fan of the fingers, I think they are time less, meaning they never become or go out of fashion. Where dovetails are on an off and not all projects or styles go with them. As an architect, I have always been fascinated with the ‘classic’, where trends were never my big thing.
Don’t read me wrong, I love dovetails on the right projects and time pieces where they fit, but try to say Le Corbusier and dovetail in the same sentence, without adding the word gun….


To make the fingers get to the centre, I make a wee spacer block.


And route the fingers.


Here a test piece to set it all up.
I tend to do test pieces more and more, it’s like the immortality has gone with the years, to much scrap wood, comes with too much self confidence, laugh.


Well close enough to be accepted.


The final once are just perfect, so the setup time were worth it.


Frames, frames, frames.


That looks just fair, so I’m a happy monkey for now.


Making a few shavings, to make the tops, smooth and completely level.


Funny shavings, kind of makes me hungry.
Also tells me this is difficult wood, that want to split and crack.


Back to the test piece, now setting the depth for the rabbet, that will g´hold the plywood bottom in place.
My ohhh I have used that blade setting jig a lot, that was really a build worth making.


Running the test piece through the table saw a couple of times.


To find the right setting.


The bottoms were cut to size and fitted in the rabbets.


Looks good to me.


This might turn out quite decent.


The pucket game side, will need a divider in the middle, so I use some scrap to find the height and then cut a size to size.


Keeping the divider a wee bit over sized, so I can adjust once the tray is glued.


More setting on the table saw.


And a backstop on the saw on the first cuts, to avoid tear out.


Then just repetitive cuts, to make the opening for the pucket pieces to go through.


Like this.


And a wee clean up with a shoulderplane.


Really love this fellow, it just feels right in the hand.


That will be a fine fit, not too high, not too low.


And a workbench wood porn photo. Just to tell the truth in the background.
When I were working on this projects I were all over the place, working on the different parts at the same time, while waiting for things to dry and just what was more easy, but I have tried in this blog to keep the processes apart, to not confuse you guys, so you might sometimes see things from next part appear, like the backgammon on the plywood here.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps a tray…

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.



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lew

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#1 posted 04-12-2021 01:36 PM

Thanks for the ride-along while making these projects, Mads! I am sure your daughter will love them both.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Doug

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#2 posted 04-12-2021 02:19 PM

Beautiful, simple, functional. What more needs to be said? Thanks for sharing. Take care.

-- Doug

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 04-12-2021 02:30 PM

Looks like you’re moving right along Mads. I like the backgammon idea a lot. Thanks for the plug on the inspiration. I’ll be waiting to see the finished product. Whenever hockey is on T/V my grandson wants to play a game with his dad. I think my son wants it more as a drinking game too. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 04-12-2021 02:52 PM

Nice, procedural approach Mads, from finding the materials to making test pieces.
It’s going to be an interesting multi-function tray with good write up to follow!

I had to bite my tongue as I was going to inquire about that backgammon base suddenly showing up, then I finished reading the last paragraph 8^)

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 04-12-2021 05:27 PM

Nice work on that board and the price of the wood is very good too!. Thanks for the step by step walk through

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bobsboxes

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#6 posted 04-12-2021 05:56 PM

Great progress, I like the idea of multiple uses.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 04-12-2021 06:55 PM

Nice, Mads! Good job taking the inspiration from DDave, and making it into a MaFe original!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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mtnwild

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#8 posted 04-12-2021 08:01 PM

Very interesting Mads, you never quit. Like the energizer bunny…ha ha…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#9 posted 04-13-2021 07:08 PM

”...try to say Le Corbusier and dovetail in the same sentence, without adding the word gun….” Exactly my thinking!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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mafe

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#10 posted 04-13-2021 08:53 PM

Hi there,

Lew, I enjoy sharing these adventures, where there’s a story to go with it, especially when my daughter is involved. She already does. ;-) Thank you.
Doug, nope no more needed and I love it all, thank you so.
doubleDD, It was you and your project, that suddenly made it all come together, so I’m the one saying thank you. It’s quite fun, I have yet to try it as a beer game, but I’m sure it will be even more fun. Smiles and thanks.
Splintergroup, This project were kind of perfect for a step by step blog, so I enjoyed taking the photos even more than usual. Love that you were sharp on that one, I were sure it would be noticed. Thanks.
Jim Jakosh, Laughs, yes I also like the price of the wood and have a lot left, so that’s even better. Smiles and thanks.
Bobsboxes, Thank you, I also find this three in one to be really cool here, she can serve for two on each side of the divider, it’s just the right size.
Dave Polaschek, I always say this, that we invent nothing, just find new ways and at best make it our own and something new or better. Smiles.
mtnwild, Ha ha ha, yes there are some Enegizer bunny in me, but also remember I’m retired so I have all the time in the world and this were build over some weeks. Smiles and laughs.
kaerlighedsbamsen, Laughing, yes we think alike in many ways. Good to see you here Ty.

Best of my thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 04-14-2021 06:49 PM

Mad I forgot to mention that I like your saw blade gauge. Shop made?

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 04-14-2021 06:54 PM

Mad I forgot to mention that I like your saw blade gauge. Shop made? And the shoulder plane is the best.
I have a Stanley I bought a few years ago and it could use improvement on it’s machining, but I do like that it converts into a chisel plane.

-- James E McIntyre

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mafe

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#13 posted 04-14-2021 07:51 PM

Hi James,
Thank you, the saw blade gauge is a really old project I made and posted here on LJ: https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/36682 it has been useful for so many years, that I have considered to build a new, but I would almost feel guilty, as it works perfectly fine and it has become a part of the shop. Laugh.
Yes that shoulder plane is a gem, it also have a bullnose attachment and it’s one of these tools that works even it has several functions.
Smiles.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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mafe

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#14 posted 04-14-2021 07:53 PM

Just saw it had 84000 visits, my little gauge, so now it’s kind of a star in the shop, so I will keep it and open a beer for it. ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 04-16-2021 03:56 PM


Just saw it had 84000 visits, my little gauge, so now it s kind of a star in the shop, so I will keep it and open a beer for it. ;-)

- mafe

That’s a lot of views Mad!
I was looking at another of your gauge projects and it had over 62K views.

-- James E McIntyre

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