Shut the Box (2 sided)

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Project by Tooch posted 12-12-2018 04:13 PM 1440 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this game for my mom for Christmas. I k ow it’s early to post, but I don’t think she’s snooping around on LJs to see what I post haha. I had never played this game before finishing the entire project, so I got to learn how to play on my own set. It’s pretty fun and there are a variety of ways to play. My thought was that she could play this with my daughters, and it would also help reinforce basic math skills.

There was a lot of repetition with this project as well as a lot of careful planning. In addition to engraving each piece with numbers, I thought it would be cool to spell out the name of the game on the backs of each tile so it shows up when you flip them down. Also, I knew I wanted to put felt down on the entire bottom, so I had to finish most of the internal pieces separately and then do final assembly after that. I taped off areas where the pieces would be glued together so that I could still assemble after spraying them with several coats of lacquer. There is a 1/4” dowel going through all of the bottoms with small washers in between for spacers.

The last design consideration was on the lid. I wanted to make a 2 sided game, and was afraid that if I hinged the lid it would interefere with 1 of the sides. So I decided to make it completely removable as to avoid intereferance. I was going to leave the lid off all together, but I figured it would be best to include it for storage purposes. It is held in place by two latches, 1 in front and 1 in back.

The main box is made of Walnut and ambrosia maple, and assembled with half blind dovetails. The game pieces are Maple and cherry, and function on a setup made of a mixture of ambrosia Maple and Walnut. As I mentioned above, the felt covers the entire bottom so there are no seams, and the edges are mostly covered with trim pieces. Everything is finished with multiple coats of spray lacquer.

Thanks for looking, and a merry Christmas to all!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-12-2018 04:28 PM

great idea buddy you did a nice job on the box,great wood choices and nice looking dovetails.moms gonna love it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 12-12-2018 04:35 PM

That is awesome. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 12-12-2018 04:44 PM

Great job. The engraving makes it look professional. Your right about helping with math skills. Some of the younger generation have to think about it for a minute before making a play.

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

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#4 posted 12-12-2018 05:11 PM

A nice unit.

I admit to knowing absolutely nothing about the game though.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 12-12-2018 06:14 PM

Thanks Larry and Hoss.

Thanks Dave, I like to find ways to sneak learning into having fun.

Ralbuck its actually a pretty fun and addicting game. Its origins are based in gambling, as all the best games started (Like Monday Night Football!)

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 12-12-2018 06:22 PM

Nice job on the Box, really like the D.T.s!
Had to look up how to play the game, do remember seeing it
around years ago! Engraver still working?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 12-12-2018 06:37 PM

Thanks Andre, my engraver is always running! I really enjoy combining traditional methods with contemporary machines, which results in a pretty unique style.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 12-12-2018 11:45 PM

That is really cool, Mike. Nice work on the game. I like all the lettering detail…. it makes it real professional!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 12-13-2018 12:34 AM

Thanks Jim, I’ve been wondering about you and if you started any pens yet

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 12-13-2018 02:31 AM

Nice job

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#11 posted 12-13-2018 10:43 AM

Love these obscure games, looked up the rules on wikipedia, planning our own.

Nice job on the box. Curious how well the lid stays on/in place with only the two clasps. Would have thought a sliding lid or some kind of mating dovetail to keep the lid from moving while the clasps held it down would be in order. (That comment is based on how cluttered our game cabinet is with all the kids’ and our games :)

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#12 posted 12-13-2018 03:08 PM

Great job, very kewl project. Been a while but I remember the game being pretty fun too

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 12-13-2018 03:35 PM

I had to look this game up it looks like its fun to play especially on a very nice board as you have made Tooch …. GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#14 posted 12-14-2018 06:07 AM

Lovely game, great looking box. Interior details and dovetails are just amaizing. Also beautiful wood contrast.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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