Shut The Box games

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-09-2014 12:59 PM 2557 views 10 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as making one game for the grandsons of a friend of mine but I thought I might like one too so I made another one . I had a couple parameters for them in that I did not want any holes in the outside and I wanted to put the bottom covering in from the bottom and not have to try to cut a rectangular piece of something and get it to fit perfectly all around.

I started with a lock mitered box with no top or bottom. The bottom edges were rabbeted for the bottom to be inserted and the blind holes were drilled for the brass rods holding the number tabs and the round cross bar stop for the tabs. The 4 box pieces were completely finished on the inside as were the number tabs. The box was glued together with the rods and tabs assembled.

Then I glued in the bottom that is covered with red leather. I taped off the inside of the box and finished the outside and assembled the top to the box. The brass pin in the front serves as the latch. Slight force will lift it.

The laser lettering on the lids was done by Mike at Awards Pro Shop. The 5th shot shows two options you have when shaking the same number. The last shot is the instructions for the game that is in each box.

This was made from material just laying around the shop. All I had to buy were the numbers from KlockKit. That was the hardest part- cleaning the numbers. The glue that came on the back of them would not hold at all and certainly not when you bang the tabs down. I had to scrape it off, wash with lacquer thinner and sand the backs before putting them on with epoxy.

The box frame and the lids are solid walnut- one has a maple edge because I did not have a big enough piece of walnut for the second one. The tabs are some left over East Indian Rosewood sapwood and the bottoms are walnut faced plywood. They are finished with wipe on satin polyurethane.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 01:18 PM

Nice little game Jim.
Have to make some next winter for the kids I am sure they will enjoy them .
Sounds like a good christmas gift idea .



-- Kiefer

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 06-09-2014 01:20 PM

Beautiful boxes, Jim.
Excellent game, too. My 8 year old grandson beats me all the time.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 01:28 PM

This has been on my List since before I started woodworking, Jim! The grain on the ‘plain’ walnut is beautiful and the maple border on the other is as well. Seems like it lends itself to the making of multiples. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 01:38 PM

What an interesting game Jim and very nice craftsmanship.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 01:47 PM

Very nicely done for a classic game. Your version is certainly an upscale version that should become a Jakosh family favorite.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 06-09-2014 01:53 PM

Nice execution!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 06-09-2014 02:24 PM

Looks like fun Jim. Drinking beer at your house could get expensive…....
Nicely done.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 06-09-2014 03:04 PM

Nicely done Jim. You are a great grandpa.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 06-09-2014 03:08 PM

cool game / box

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 06-09-2014 03:10 PM

Love this game, we play this a lot. I really need to make one these. Great work and nice approach in the build.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 06-09-2014 03:37 PM

A lot of planing, good work and craftsmanship there in those two small pieces,,,,,,,and It shows, Jim.

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#12 posted 06-09-2014 04:14 PM

Nice box Jim, and it looks like a fun game too. I might just make one of these. Thanks for including the rules, a first for the games I’ve seen posted on LJ so far.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 06-09-2014 04:30 PM

Very nice work, I love the coloring of the wood grain.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#14 posted 06-09-2014 05:10 PM

Very nice!

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#15 posted 06-09-2014 05:19 PM

Hello Jim

A very good game

I like it a lot

Very good work on the two boxes with a good choice of wood and as usual a very nice finishing

When I don’t have this game with me I play with cards ( 1 to 9) and two dices ==> “the poor shut the game”
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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