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Pucket backgammon game serving tray #3: painting the backgammon side

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-13-2021 08:30 PM 1052 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pucket backgammon game serving tray
painting the backgammon.

So now we are at the point, that some of you noticed earlier, the part where make the backgammon side of the tray.

I had many doubts, if I should route out and put contrasting colours in, or if I should paint it, so I looked what contrasting woods I had and had only dark. This made the choice easier and I were kind of happy for this, as I think it would have made the project even bigger.


A new day, a new dawn.
Danish wienerbrød and coffee.
It’s going to be a good day


Well let’s get to it.
Calculating the spacing and deciding on a layout.


Measure twice draw once. To avoid mistakes, I make a template, where I check the measures twice and then use this for all the layout.


It’s a good place to start a day, fire in the stove and a wee good tobacco, while the workshop is heating up, after cold night.


First the layout is drawn with a sharp pencil and then the corners are marked, with this wonderful awl, Jim send me as a gift years back and I always enjoy to use. Thanks Jim Cheers.


Now a good ruler, with cork backing to keep it from moving and a sharp marking knife.


Every line is now cut, so a groove is made into the surface, not too deep, just deep enough. ;-)


Colour testing again, was thinking of using yellow as this is my daughters favourite colour, but I thought it made it difficult to see the marking.


Wood dye in a plate, thinned a wee, just a wee, a quality paint brush, a little stiff but fine hairs, synthetic and most of all a steady hand.
I right handed, just holding the camera here.


New colour and a tobacco break, keep calm and see it as a meditation.


As you can see the scoring helps to keep the dye where it’s supposed to.
Of course not always, so there will be a wee clean up after.


I put my hand on a scrap piece of ply, so I don’t mess up.


Well, well, well, now it just need to dry and I can sand of the small mistakes.


Perhaps I should play a little hand Pucket, while I wait.


This is going to be great fun.


I’m happy, this is going to be fine.


Now time to let the dye dry and meditate in front of the fire.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or a deep meditative focus.

Best thoughts,

MaFe

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



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mafe

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#1 posted 04-13-2021 08:39 PM

Sorry if you got lost in cyberspace, it was me, who made a image mistake, using a template and forgot to change numbers.
It should all be fine now… I hope.
Smiles,
Mads

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

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mtnwild

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#2 posted 04-13-2021 09:01 PM

Whoa, with those close ups and select words, I felt like I was right there. Kicking back watching you work. Stay right there, I’ll through another log on the fire…Ha ha

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 04-14-2021 01:24 AM

I didn’t get lost in cyberspace, but I may have been temporarily disoriented for a few minutes. ;-)

It’s looking very good, Mads! Having dyes on hand, and being willing to experiment means all sorts of things are possible. Beyond the wood dyes, I also have some leather dyes, which seem to work ok on wood, as well. And one of these days I’ll try the TransTint wood dyes on leather. Then I’ll have a whole rainbow to choose from.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 04-14-2021 01:50 AM

That is wonderful craftsmanship on the boards. And the dyes are a great way to accomplish the colored points. I have wanted to build a backgammon board, more of a case. But I was not thinking outside the box, the contrasting colors have held me back. So back to the drawing board. Thanks for sharing

-- Eric, building the dream

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go4tech

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#5 posted 04-14-2021 05:59 AM

THANK YOU Mafe!

Agree with Eric.

Have seen several “inlaid” backgammon boards. Wondered how the points were so “perfect”.

Could sort a way to make the points, but never a way for the field to get the exact fit so many times (without seems). Never, ever, considered the points to be shallow cuts for ink dams.

Can see this being very nicely finished to where no one could tell it was ink.

One of those moments! I see!, said the blind man to his deaf wife, as he picked up his hammer and saw…..

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 04-14-2021 12:44 PM

Nice job on it. I wish my hands were steady enough to do it that way. Mine would look like a abstract art.

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

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mafe

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#7 posted 04-14-2021 08:12 PM

Hi,
Mtnwild, happy to have you here, it is a joy, smiles. I always try hard to be in what I write, so I am happy to read you are thare, thank you. I could feel that log.
Dave P, ha ha ha, sorry, I had made a mess up with picture names, so I hurried to delete it, fix it and repost, it had only ten visitors so I thought it was better… Perhaps I should experiment a little with some of my leather dyes. Thanks.
Eric, It has also been in my mind for years and always let i go, thought it would be too much work, but when your daughter asks, well then you start thinking creative and try to make her happy. Wonderful if you can use the idea, this is why we share. Big smile.
go4tec, I think the factory made are punched out with a press, so not too difficult. For us mortals… Well patience. I have no place to buy veners here and I have not become that good friend with my band saw, so it on my future list, even I do play around with some ideas… Yes after the lacquer it is really, really nice. Thanks.
DoubleDD, Ha ha ha, I can imagine an abstract backgammon, easy, don’t need to follow rules. Thank you.

Best thoughts and a smile,
Mads

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 04-15-2021 01:28 AM

I can imagine an abstract backgammon, easy, don’t need to follow rules. Thank you.

So one of the points will looks like a melting watch, and another will look like a duck, perhaps? ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 04-15-2021 08:35 PM

Ha ha ha Dave.

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

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lew

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#10 posted 04-16-2021 07:36 PM

Your hands are steadier than mine!

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

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mafe

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#11 posted 04-16-2021 09:56 PM

I takes a lot of focus, I actually shake normally, my architect colleges used to laugh at it and say they never understood I could draw straight, laughs.
Best thoughts to you Lew.

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

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