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Project by RKW posted 09-14-2009 04:52 PM 2242 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tackled this project for several reasons. First, i enjoyed the project the first time. secondly, As i am new to woodworking, i wanted to play with some different wood species that i had not previously used, and thirdly, i thought they would make nice gifts.

I made two sets from mahogany, two from cherry, and one from walnut. I finished projects with formby’s tung oil and spray poly.

I am completely dominoed out and will probably not make any more.

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 05:06 PM

are these hand carved? This looks like a serious undertaking. I’m also wondering how to cut so many repetitive small pieces safely. and the sanding that must be involved. Not sure I even want to think about that one.

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 05:23 PM

I hear you about being dominoed out. I have made around four sets as well from walnut and maple and after that decided to give it a rest. All of that small-part cutting, sanding and finishing gets old in a hurry. I never posted any of my efforts because I find that few people are interested in dominos any more except for those individuals where you are located and where I grew up—Texas Panhandle. Anyhow, thanks for posting. I am glad to learn that my burnout is shared by someone else.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#3 posted 09-14-2009 06:16 PM

Hokie, there is no carving involved. Just a template that comes with a spring loaded bit. Its very simple. Each set starts with two templates screwed to wood blanks. Once all the dominoe holes are drilled i use my router table to soften edges and my table saw sled to cut the pieces out of the blanks. With my sled it is very safe and easy. I have hold down clamps on my sled and my fingers are no where near the saw blade when i make the cuts. Check out my table saw sled on my project page.

rowdy, you are right in saying no one is interested in dominoes. I found a set that belonged to my grandfather, and that is where i got the idea. I dont even know how to play. I just thought it was a neat little project. And regardless of how many people are interested you never know what might inspire someone so i say you should post them.

-- RKWoods

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 08:13 PM

I live in New York State and found a set that belonged to my Dad, my 6 year old grandson saw them and asked me to play with him. I told him I didn’t know how to play the game and he offered to teach me because he had learned to play in kindergarten!

-- Joanne, New York,

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 02:02 AM

Nice looking sets!

Good work

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 02:27 AM

Nice job on the Dominos. I made a set for my Grandson about 6 years ago. I made some more sets for the Toys-for-Tots drive. I didn’t make boxes for the drive sets, my wife made draw string bags for them out of Domino fabric.

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 04:40 PM

These things look great and something I want to do. I’m wondering if you would mind taking some close-up pictures so we can see the box detail and particularly, the detail of the dominoes.

Thanks for the insights!

-- "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in frames of silver." Mohawk Valley - Oregon

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