16 Unique Dice in Rosewood and Brass

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Project by FloridaArt posted 07-27-2014 04:17 PM 2091 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July, 2014—This set of 16 dice were made for my father as a special gift. If you look at them carefully, you will see that each is uniquely configured. The 6, 2, and 3 sides are the only sides that may be varied in their orientation relative to each other. The 1, 4, and 5 sides have no layout variation. Opposite sides must always add to 7.

Also shown in the photos is the jig I used to drill the holes for the 3/16-inch brass rod plugs. Each die is about 1-inch on a side. Obviously these are purely ornamental since their weight is not balanced. If put to use, I’ve no doubt “snake eyes” would be a frequent outcome. :-)

Lacquer spray finish.

So, which one of the 16 is the world standard?

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 07-27-2014 04:45 PM

Sixth from the right top row – I cheated by looking at your earlier dice project!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 05:02 PM

Very nice,I have made some before, like your idea with the brass rod I only made one jig, and it had 7 holes in it., just center a hole between the six.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 05:30 PM

Beautiful work Art.

Did you use an adhesive?

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 05:50 PM

Great project.

I just checked my game closet, and found nr 2 from the left in the front row, identical to all my dice.

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 09:36 PM

Mmm, really nice looking project but wouldn’t they be weighted heavy on the six side, due to the brass being more dense than the rosewood? I guess if everyone uses the same dice it would equal out.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 07-27-2014 09:43 PM


-- Leonard H.

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#7 posted 07-27-2014 10:37 PM

Art you sure are having fun with your woodwork skills aren’t you…Great job

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 07-27-2014 11:56 PM

Ahh. Very nice. Are these for winning at the crap tables??? LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 07-28-2014 05:06 PM

Nice collection, nice play.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-28-2014 09:28 PM

Great job on those! Love the details. You got impressive skills.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 07-29-2014 01:32 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments. Wow! Daily Top 3!!

Rockbuster – That’s a good idea for a simpler jig!

RussInMichigan – Yes, forgot to mention. I used CA glue to hold the brass plugs in their holes. I found that the gel-style CA glue worked best for this small work. The thinner CA glue tended to run everywhere.

bondogaposis – Yes, these dice are not balanced at all, and no attempt was made to balance them. The 6 side will be lots heavier than the 1 side. As I said, these are purely ornamental and not intended for actual use.

HawaiiLad – Fun? Yes the woodworking is fun. There always seems to be yet another challenge ahead. Thanks.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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