Monopoly Board

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Project by struuus posted 01-17-2010 04:45 AM 5224 views 15 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun little project that I built for a couple friends of mine who love board games. It’s a small project that doesn’t require a whole lot of materials but is something I really enjoyed making. In retrospect, monopoly might not have been a good choice, for some reason people get very competitive playing monopoly, perhaps shoots and ladders next time.

It was built with some meranti stock and some spare ply for the draw bottom. I think I used some scrap oak to make the accent corners. I used a simple shellac and past wax finish. I really enjoyed making this project, one of these days I need to make one for myself.

-- Chris “The most overlooked advantage of owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against whacking them around a bit.” Eric Porterfield

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#2 posted 01-17-2010 04:59 AM

Wow, very interesting idea… hope it doesn’t get beat up like the monopoly game I grew up with…

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#3 posted 01-17-2010 05:02 AM

I always wondered were to put the money :-)) Nice job, Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 01-17-2010 05:04 AM

That’s really cool. I like the splines.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#5 posted 01-17-2010 05:12 AM

Chris, That’s a great idea for the Monopoly Board. I really like your design with the drawer for the money and all the extra pieces. Super job.

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#6 posted 01-17-2010 05:13 AM

did you allow for plexiglass on top of the board?

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#7 posted 01-17-2010 01:32 PM

now that is nice
contact the board company—I bet they’d love to sell these for the extreme players—

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#8 posted 01-17-2010 02:45 PM

very nice, what a greta idea

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#9 posted 01-17-2010 03:20 PM

Very nice! I love monopoly – the only time my family & friends will play with me is on my birthday!

-- Jchon - Denton, TX

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#10 posted 01-17-2010 03:38 PM


That is a great idea. I love how you made the drawer.

Is the playing board free to be removed? If so, then maybe it could be used for other games as well, assuming that they are ISO-compliant:-)

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#11 posted 01-17-2010 07:06 PM

Oh, oh, oh! This is a great xmas gift idea. I know someone who would LOVE this. I would make the inlay area for the board deeper so that I could add a cover… maybe a sliding top?

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#12 posted 01-17-2010 08:43 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

Great idea and a fun way to make a displayable game. Witha board liek that you can leave your game going for a very long time. Always wanted to do something like this with a Scrabble board.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 01-17-2010 10:52 PM

great idea and good looking too
thank´s for sharing


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#14 posted 01-18-2010 03:27 AM

Rustic, I did not leave any space for plexi glass. Chuck, no the board is glued down, I don’t know how standard the boards are. I considered making the plywood sheet that the board is glued to able to slide out. Perhaps have the back side be another board, or a nice cover when the game is not in use. I suppose if you could live with a thicker design you could store several boards in there and just slide them into a track.

-- Chris “The most overlooked advantage of owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against whacking them around a bit.” Eric Porterfield

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