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Project by duckmilk posted 08-26-2019 11:23 PM 1172 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, I was travelling during the reveals of the swap so this project is a little late.
My recipient was RichBolduc.

I was scratching my head trying to come up with something interesting to make. My wife and I went into a local quaint little bar that had some of these games and people were drinking beer and playing and it hit me, a beer drinking game! I took multiple pictures and measurements and got started.

Researching, I found that this game goes by multiple names but the most common is Shut the Box. Also called Blitz, Canoga, Klackers, etc. according to Wickipedia. It’s an ancient game usually with one set of tiles (the little things with numbers on them) not four.

First I started a plan using my home made sketchup.

I modified the plan to add tenons on the inside pieces fit together with half lap joints, and dados with mitered corners on the outside pieces to add strength, all made from found maple board. This took a lot longer than expected and a lot of chisel work. (pictures below and pics 4 and 5 above) I made two games so I could send the best one.

There is a rebate on the bottom of the outside pieces to receive a plywood bottom. After glue up (pic 6) I went to a saddle maker and picked up some leather and fit it on the inside to give the dice a better surface to roll on. I found a local guy who did the laser engraving on the leather. Finish was spray lacquer on the wood and leather.

I bought some 3/16” diameter steel rod for the pivot and cut it to length. Next, I cut the tiles from some leftover oak, and drilled 7/32” holes near the bottom for the rod to slip through. I drew the numbers on the tiles by hand (all 72 of them) and started burning the numbers in. Also very time consuming.

Finish was spray poly on the tiles for durability. The tiles have tiny steel washers between them to keep them separated. The tiles along with the end pieces that hold them together are removable along with the plywood bottom.

I used spray adhesive on the underside of the leather, taped off the insides of the wood and carefully stuck it in.
(The adhesive on the one I kept was coming loose so I’ll use contact cement to attach it more permanently. I also sent Rich a PM warning him of this.)

The rules as played in the little bar are:
First person rolls the dice and turns down any combination of tiles that corresponds with the sum of the dice.
Then each person in turn gets a roll, and so on, until one person gets all of his/her tiles turned down.
Here, there are two versions for winning. 1) the first to turn down all tiles wins the game. 2) after one turns down all the tiles, each other person gets 1 more roll and the game ends.
Or, make up your own rules.

Thanks to Kenny for another great swap!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef





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anthm27

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#1 posted 08-26-2019 11:33 PM

That is great that swap item Duck, and in particular the idea of building a beer drinking game. Very well thought out.
The execution also superb work, the joinery is brilliant and in actual fact I,m not sure I even know what those continual type dovetail joints are called, very very nice work.
I like it a lot and have saved it to my favorites, I just said to Lovie this one is definitely on our projects list to be housed in our living room.
Nice one
Regards
Anthony

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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duckmilk

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#2 posted 08-26-2019 11:47 PM

Those aren’t dovetails Anth, they are simple tenons that fit into dados. Dovetails would have upped the difficulty level a lot cause everything had to come together at the same time.
Thanks!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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mikeacg

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#3 posted 08-26-2019 11:58 PM



...in particular the idea of building a beer drinking game.
- anthm27

How is it a beer drinking game Anthony? Did I miss something?

Duck – It was worth the wait! Well played!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 08-27-2019 12:06 AM

Nice work, Duck! Good thinking making a drinking game!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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duckmilk

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#5 posted 08-27-2019 12:09 AM

How is it a beer drinking game Anthony? Did I miss something?

Duck – It was worth the wait! Well played!!!

- mikeacg

Anything can be made into a beer drinking game Mike ;-P I stumbled :) into this game in a bar and they were drinking and playing.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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PaulDoug

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#6 posted 08-27-2019 01:11 AM

You really did that up proud. Great idea. Only thing I think might add to it is if the corner squares were round and the size to hold a beer bottle/glass…...

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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anthm27

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#7 posted 08-27-2019 01:15 AM

Just having a closer look, seems I,ve got enough oak on the rack to build one of these.
Um, with the what seems like a separate units that consists of the 9 numbered pieces the steel rod and the two 3/4 end pieces. Did you fix each of those four units in place or simply sit them into the main superstructure???
Thanks in advance
Anthony

EDIT: As I also learnt, building two is definitely the way forward

EDIT II: Is that wood burner a 12 volt thing????(problem is HK is 240Volt so need to be careful when buying power tools from the US. )

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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duckmilk

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#8 posted 08-27-2019 01:56 AM

Thanks PaulDoug, round corners??? I have no idea how to execute that. Why don’t you build one and show me how. it would be really cool.

The 4 units are not fixed Anthony. you can pull them out, which is what I did for the 3rd picture in the first set.
Yes, it is a 110v wood burning tool, but you could get some metal leather stamp numbers from Tandy Leather, heat them and brand them in. I actually thought of doing that.
I showed some general measurements in my original drawing above.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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anthm27

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#9 posted 08-27-2019 02:30 AM

Thanks Duck , got all that, Im about to go grocery shopping in San Fran,
Chat in a couple of days.
Regards
Anth

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 08-27-2019 02:38 AM

Totally agree if the first you saw it being played it was in a bar, and people were enjoying a beer, it’s a beer drinking game.

“First I started a plan using my home made sketchup.”

That made me laugh out loud. Your straight lines look just like mine do. A friend once suggested a ruler, so I could make better straight lines. I just looked at hm and asked what a ruler was?

Good post, somehow it made me go open a beer, that is all good.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Peteybadboy

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#11 posted 08-27-2019 10:13 AM

Great idea! I may have to make one of these.

-- Petey

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 08-27-2019 11:39 AM

Real nice Shut the Box game. I have never see a 4 player one like that!!

Nice work on it…...........Cheers, Jim

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

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489tad

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#13 posted 08-27-2019 11:40 AM

Duck, making a drinking game adds a nice twist to the swap. You did a great job with the numbers. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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jeffswildwood

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#14 posted 08-27-2019 11:51 AM

Duck, that is a remarkable version for a classic game. A drinking game is a great idea. It’s not only a drinking game but used by teachers as a math skill builder game. Nice job!

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

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EarlS

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#15 posted 08-27-2019 11:53 AM

What a great idea!! It seems like some of the best ideas for swap projects happen by chance (Duck walks into a bar…). As always – great job!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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