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Project by mspain77 posted 10-31-2017 08:12 PM 1983 views 14 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a request from an ex-coworker. I found plans online but had to improvise as the materials list, cut list and measurements were off. The plans also called for two small magnetic catches to hold the trap door that holds all of the discs, but many comments suggested those weren’t strong enough, so I came up with this use of barrel latches. I also opted to design and add that board on top since the original plans left the 1/4” plywood sheet edges exposed, and it just looked unfinished and flimsy. I painstakingly measured my exact marks and used my Jay Bates edge guide and mortising jig for my plunge router. With just a little sanding, it came out perfect!
This is mainly cheap lumber from the local home store with a dark Kona stain from Varathane. It’s 36.75” tall, 42.5” wide and 24.5” wide at the feet. I used a 5” hole saw to cut all the discs and a 4” for all the holes on the game board. The client requested the discs be rad and black, so that was easy enough.
It’s hard to see but my logo is branded in the middle of the discs tray. This was A LOT of work! Especially if you are as detail-oriented and picky as I am. I’m really pleased with how it came out though, and I know that she will be too.
Thanks for stopping by and checking it out guys.

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 10-31-2017 09:10 PM

Yours turned out very nice.
Think I will be making one for the camp ground we frequent.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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ohwoodeye

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#2 posted 10-31-2017 09:18 PM

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-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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sras

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#3 posted 11-01-2017 12:22 AM

Looks like a fun project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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woodify

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#4 posted 11-01-2017 01:55 AM

Great backyard game for parties

-- Woodify ~~ https://www.youtube.com/woodified?sub_confirmation=1

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 11-01-2017 04:24 PM

This is just too cool. An awesome game for a picnic or family gathering. Great for kids and adult alike. Super job, now on my bucket list!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 11-01-2017 05:24 PM

This looks like a very interesting game and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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majuvla

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#7 posted 11-01-2017 06:19 PM

One of my favourite games, either on paper, table or outdoor version. Great colours too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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mspain77

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#8 posted 11-01-2017 10:14 PM

Thank you all for the kind words and support! Yes, it was a fun project, and I think those of you who choose to build your own will be glad you did. TIP: Don’t use magnetic catches for the bottom board. It’s not strong enough once the discs start to pile up and you’ll lose your game when it fails. I think the barrel bolt option I took is full proof and the easiest to hide out of the way.
Thanks again!

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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