Shut the Box Games

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 02-14-2018 08:34 PM 8355 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two games I made for gifts for my sister and my daughter. It is a game called Shut The Box played with 2 dice and the object is to flip the numbers down in any combination matching what you throw on the dice. You continue to do that until you cannot make any combinations or until all the numbers are all flipped which case you “shut the box”.

These games are made mostly from osage orange with mesquite used for the flippers and the splines. The bottoms are maple plywood with leather glued on to reduce the sound of the dice being thrown.

The flippers are strung on aluminum rods that are installed in blind holes when the box is being assembled.

The last shot shows the flippers assembled using washers I punched out of the slippery plastic from milk jugs. I made that flipper stack first to determine the inside width of the game box.

These game are made with 9,12 or even 24 flippers. For the game using 24 you can add, subtract multiply or divide the numbers to get a combination to flip down and may use more than 2 dice.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 08:45 PM


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#2 posted 02-14-2018 09:13 PM

That looks like fun.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 02-14-2018 09:17 PM

Ncie build Jim! That games will be around for a 100 years!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 02-14-2018 09:20 PM

Those look familiar. What did you say the finish was?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 02-14-2018 09:58 PM

Wow Jim games with no electronic, how clever …. lol!! Nicely done as usual!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 02-14-2018 10:14 PM

Well done Jim. The osage and mesquite are great together. Here I thought you would make a 24 flipper one. It’s a cool game but I never win at it.
I put suede in the bottom of the one I built for my daughter and she said she would rather hear the noise. Go figure.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 02-14-2018 10:25 PM

That’s a neat game, Jim!

...and you don’t even need batteries!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 02-14-2018 11:25 PM

Awesome games and boxes Jim.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#9 posted 02-15-2018 04:32 AM

Very nice, Jim! Sure to be well appreciated and lots of memories in the making!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 02-15-2018 04:47 AM

All the best for wooden toys, in today’s ’’see’’ of plastic toys.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 02-15-2018 04:47 AM

Well done, interesting game.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 02-15-2018 11:04 AM

I like that a lot Jim. Really cool game.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#13 posted 02-15-2018 11:15 AM

very very nice. I love the look of the mesquite, wish I could find some of that here in the great white north

-- Retired and lovin it

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#14 posted 02-15-2018 12:42 PM

cool project, I have this on my list to do.

-- Petey

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#15 posted 02-15-2018 03:32 PM

Very cool. Grandkids would love this!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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