Jokers and Marbles Game Board

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Project by Picken5 posted 11-22-2019 05:35 PM 399 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for quite some time. My wife and I really enjoy playing this game with friends and family. I made the board parts so the game can be played with 4, 6 or 8 persons depending on how many board sections are arranged.

Different color marbles (each player uses a different color) are moved around the boards’ track based on cards drawn from several decks of standard playing cards. Some boards use pegs instead of marbles — but we elected to make boards that use marbles. If you’re interested, you can do a Google search for Jokers and Marbles Rules to see how its played. There are some variations to the rules, but their pretty similar. Just pick one that works for you.

I made these boards 1/2” thick using walnut for half of the board sections and QS white oak for the other half. I make an MDF template so I could trim the edges with a router. Actually I made a couple of templates so I could experiment with the geometry of the interlocking ends. It took a bit of trial and error to get it right, but since the angles of each section varied somewhat depending on how many sections (based on the number of players) would be involved , I felt it was important to get it right. And it worked out just fine. The marble holes were done on a drill press using a Forstner bit. Everything was finished with rub-on polyurethane.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 11-22-2019 06:19 PM

Nice job. I like the wood contrast.

That’s my Father’s favorite game to play with the family during holiday visits.


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#2 posted 11-23-2019 04:06 AM

Never heard if the game – will have to look it up. Your use of contrasting walnut and oak looks great. Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 11-23-2019 10:32 AM

Quite interesting game and board shape!

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#4 posted 11-23-2019 03:55 PM

Nice contrast, they seem to fit well together too. Haven’t heard of this game, but it looks quite similar to a game we have in the Netherlands:

I think it’s the same except you just roll the dice instead of picking cards.

EDIT: Actually it’s also common in the rest of the world, just called Ludo. You learn something every day!

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