Homemade Quarto

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Project by jtriggs posted 01-26-2017 10:39 PM 2641 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished and delivered a commissioned Quarto game board and pieces this week. Pieces are oak and walnut I had laying around. Base is laminated oak/walnut with forstner drilled holes in the oak.

It’s a fun game if you’ve never played it. Gist of the game is to get four in a row with the same characteristic in common: oak or walnut, tall or short, square or round, hollow top or solid.

The twist to the game is you get to hand your opponent the piece you want him to play and vice versa. Diabolical.

Tedious to make all the game pieces but still a fun job to deliver. Took about 4 or 5 evening and weekend sessions to finish. The wood has two coats of 1lb shellac to pop the grain and then some sprayed on poly as a top coat.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 01-27-2017 01:32 AM

I really like that game. I played it with a software type person and he really had a problem with the different concept of the game. It is because you really can’t your next movement in the same manner as other board games.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#2 posted 01-27-2017 02:49 PM

This game was recently put on my do build list.
Could you share how you made the groove on the perimeter of the pieces.

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 01:53 AM

The round ones were turned on a lathe and I just used a parting tool to groove the wood. On the square ones I put the tablesaw blade low and used and the miter gauge to push them over the blade. I turned the pieces by hand to groove the corners.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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