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Project by anthm27 posted 05-08-2019 11:20 PM 415 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at building these Sungka boards.

Firstly I would like to say that I cannot claim design Rights Or Construction Technique Rights, these both belong to Lumberjock Robscastle whos profile is here. He gave me lots of pointers both online and on the phone as to how I need to go about the build. He spent time explaining techniques and measurements and if anybody is interested his blog on the subject is here for all to read.

The game Sungka is extremely popular in the Philippines and as My wife is from there it was time I got on and made a board. We also had our 10 year old Nephew Alexie from the Philippines staying with us, he is also mad keen on the game and was looking forward to seeing some woodworking in action.

The first board I built was with reclaimed lumber that I found on the rubbish tip seen here, With L,J CaptainKlutz help we have narrowed the species down to either Bubinga or Honduras Rosewood. Once I took the router too it I started to realize just what a beautiful quarter sawn piece I was working with. We quickly decided that we were to keep Sungka number one and that Alexie would get Sungka number two of Pine.

I did exactly how Rob explained, Built the template, screwed template to the stock and then carefully using a bowl cutter routered the 16 cups out. I finished my board off with half rounds both top and bottom and around the tops of the cups. Alexis pine board got finished with Durable decking oil whilst the Number one board with wipe on gloss poly. They both also where branded on the undersides which was a good excuse for a fire and a BBQ.

Sungka fever it was here in Hong Kong and a truly great week with Alexie. Lots of activities from building the boards and collecting the 98 rocks required to play the game. Lots of smiles and Laughter which truly was supurb.
At the end of it Alexies board was wrapped and packed and sent to its new home in the Philippines.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the pics.

Kind Regards
Anthony


Some pics of the construction

Alexie loved sorting the rocks better than Disneyland

The underside Brand, Alexie Loved that bit

Pic of Cheryl and Alexie playing Sungka





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robscastle

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#1 posted 05-08-2019 11:48 PM

Well you know what hunter71 would say then just add ”and family” and I think that just about sums it up.

Well done on the process. Well documented and thanks for the acknowledgement, its a lota fun making them!

I am still experimenting with my productivity methods, the 2 – 3/4” router bit arrived but I was too scared to use it on my hand held router!!
The bowl cutter on the other hand worked OK but I think I have the same issues with the bearing, its a bit wobbly already!
Then add a couple of observations,
1. The 1/4” shank on a router bit that size is inviting trouble, and,
2. Being able to get the required depth plunge with a small bit.

First run on the bottom of the cups.

-- Regards Rob

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 05-09-2019 12:06 AM

Well done on the Sungka board Anthony. I looked it up on u-tube to follow along on how to play. Looks to be a good game of strategy. I may be building one of these in the future.
Is there any special size limitations on the board or does it all depend on the size of the playing pieces.

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 05-09-2019 12:30 AM

I’m as green as green can be when it comes to knowing anything about these Sungka boards.
With Robs help it looks like your making some really good looking boards for a first time doing this Anthony.
Well done!

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

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anthm27

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#4 posted 05-09-2019 01:04 AM



Well you know what hunter71 would say then just add ”and family” and I think that just about sums it up.

Well done on the process. Well documented and thanks for the acknowledgement, its a lota fun making them!

- robscastle

Thanks Rob for the comments, Looking forward to the experiment results,


Well done on the Sungka board Anthony. I looked it up on u-tube to follow along on how to play. Looks to be a good game of strategy. I may be building one of these in the future.
Is there any special size limitations on the board or does it all depend on the size of the playing pieces.

- doubleDD

Thanks Double Dave, As I learnt from Rob the size of the board or cup is dependent on the pieces used. 750mm x 200 mm though seems to be a good size with 64mm and 89mm hole sizes 20mm deep all works well.


I m as green as green can be when it comes to knowing anything about these Sungka boards.
With Robs help it looks like your making some really good looking boards for a first time doing this Anthony.
Well done!

- woodshaver Tony C

Thanks Tony, yes they are alot of fun to build and rewarding with nice material to work with.

Unfortunately I,m called off reserve to go to San Francisco right now.

Thanks for all the comments.
Regards
Anthm

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Hawaiilad

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#5 posted 05-09-2019 04:53 AM

I was thinking the other day of my time in Viet Nam and playing this game wipe small rocks. Thanks for the memories

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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anthm27

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#6 posted 05-09-2019 06:10 AM



I was thinking the other day of my time in Viet Nam and playing this game wipe small rocks. Thanks for the memories

- Hawaiilad

Your welcome, interesting to hear they also play it in Vietnam.
Regards Anthony

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majuvla

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#7 posted 05-09-2019 06:52 AM

Nice work…I see it as a candy tray also…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 05-09-2019 07:44 AM

Hey there ant’27 (watch it… Marvel may recruit you)... you snuck this in while my typing finger was incapacitated.

I like the fact that you’ve populated it with pebbles, however, a few trips to the beach may upgrade that to the C-shells that all the propaganda tout’s about… however, your board, your pieces… and its nice to know that some kids (Al’) still know how to count)... even if in stone…

Now c’mon, fess up, who’s the better palyer (DOH! Sunguka), mum or #1?

PS. Did notice a legitimate labelled bottle amongst all those sugar polutants! Talk about sorting rocks… hope he got the good looking ones!

PPS. Did I detect a pool? How the hell do you vacuum the sawdust without getting the filter damp?

PPPS. x 2... You spruiking for Makita?

PPPPS. Oh my bladder!... I think you two conspirators (ces’t vous est rc) have started up a black market… any shares?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#9 posted 05-09-2019 10:20 AM

Dont be buying shares in my work! .... Sungka Board No 2 which is actually the original 1 was produced today.
Apart from the preparation and set up time I started at 1130 and finished to the displayed finish by 1200.
Used my mini turbo planer a forstner bit and my “new” ebay Bowl cutter bit.

Then it was on with the bowl cutter.

I am still being encumbered with natural cracks appearing.

Otherwise I was reasonably happy with the time taken anr the initial results.

Now my ebay router bit.
I was routing away and saw a small wire clip appear.
Stopped examined the router and the bit and upon dismantling the bit a dust shield fell off

The bearing has failed.

For those into bearings have a look at this baby.


The inner race is to the right.
Now the bearing cage is in fact plastic, I have never seen that before.

The fine wire circlip was the item that fell off, the dust shield is to its left (ignore the dimples i did that pressing it out).

All a bit too dodgy for my liking so it was removed and a new R4 ZZ fitted.

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 05-09-2019 10:56 AM



... For those into bearings have a look at this baby….
- robscastle

I have no bearing on the validity of your claim!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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drbyte

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#11 posted 05-09-2019 02:24 PM

Good job but a Forstner bit in a drill press is much easier! Love making these and all the kids love playing them!

-- Dennis, WV

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anthm27

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#12 posted 05-09-2019 08:26 PM



Good job but a Forstner bit in a drill press is much easier! Love making these and all the kids love playing them!

- drbyte
</blockquote

Thanks
But pretty sure the bowl cutter router gives a nicer finish
Regards
Anthony

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anthm27

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#13 posted 05-09-2019 08:27 PM


Hey there ant 27 (watch it… Marvel may recruit you)... you snuck this in while my typing finger was incapacitated.

I like the fact that you ve populated it with pebbles, however, a few trips to the beach may upgrade that to the C-shells that all the propaganda tout s about… however, your board, your pieces… and its nice to know that some kids (Al ) still know how to count)... even if in stone…

Now c mon, fess up, who s the better palyer (DOH! Sunguka), mum or #1?

PS. Did notice a legitimate labelled bottle amongst all those sugar polutants! Talk about sorting rocks… hope he got the good looking ones!

PPS. Did I detect a pool? How the hell do you vacuum the sawdust without getting the filter damp?

PPPS. x 2... You spruiking for Makita?

PPPPS. Oh my bladder!... I think you two conspirators (ces t vous est rc) have started up a black market… any shares?

- LittleBlackDuck

Hilarious,
I see your out of hospital and causing mischief again.
Lucky i love mischief
Cheers for the humour and comments
Regards Anthony

Edit , ps
its chianti, i love it.
But unfortunately no pool. Only a beach towel

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sepeck

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#14 posted 05-09-2019 08:37 PM

Wow. I know this game as Mancala and made one for some family members years ago. I used glass beads which I got locally, link is just an example.

I drew out the spots I wanted cut out and free handed it with the router. It gave it a sort of hand cut look which worked out good enough that I made several in a row for presents that year since I was broke at the time :)

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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anthm27

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#15 posted 05-09-2019 08:38 PM

Now my ebay router bit.
I was routing away and saw a small wire clip appear.
Stopped examined the router and the bit and upon dismantling the bit a dust shield fell off

The bearing has failed. The fine wire circlip was the item that fell off, the dust shield is to its left (ignore the dimples i did that pressing it out).
The inner race is to the right.
Now the bearing cage is in fact plastic, I have never seen that before.

All a bit too dodgy for my liking so it was removed and a new R4 ZZ fitted.

- robscastle

Really? What? A Brand new bit The bearing didn’t make it trough a day.
That’s horrendous

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