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Project by MulliganWoodworking posted 02-05-2020 06:53 PM 1519 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A month or so before Christmas, I was contacted by someone on Etsy who wanted to know if I could make a paired dice vault and tower with matching inlay, for a Christmas present. I’d made several towers but had yet to make a vault, so I jumped at the opportunity. After the first one was done, I liked it so much that I made a few more to give to some friends, and I used the opportunity to experiment with making and using some new inlay. They’re held together with 8 tiny magnets at the corners, and it requires a good bit of force to open.

So far, I’ve made four. The first was cherry, with an inlay of walnut and maple (that’s the one I don’t have a super close up of). Then I made three at once:

Cherry with walnut and bloodwood inlay, and a blue epoxy fill in a knothole. I love the grain on this one.

Sapele with maple and bloodwood inlay.

Bloodwood with a 3-wood inlay: Alternating maple and sapele, with a walnut border on each side. This was my first time trying a 3-wood inlay, and I’m SUPER happy with how it came out. It did take a bit of prep time to cut and glue up all the pieces, but the joints were surprisingly strong: I was worried it would come apart when I was ripping a thin strip from the main block to glue the walnut on, but it held together just fine.

All towers are sanded to 400 grit, finished with tung oil, and then rubbed with 0000 steel wool for a super smooth finish and beautiful sheen.

(For those unfamiliar with a “dice vault”, it’s just a fancy way for people who enjoy board games or other table top games to carry their dice and keep them all together.)

-- Mackenzie Mulligan, trying to get better every day at https://mulliganwoodworking.wordpress.com/





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#1 posted 02-05-2020 09:02 PM

I will call them boxes. Very nice work, inlays look great.

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#2 posted 02-05-2020 09:02 PM

I was confused about the “tower”. Didn’t see anything in your projects. Went to the blog and see that you had an initial entry for what looked like a tumbler ramp to evidently give the dice a roll, once they leave your hands. For board games.

So if dice are involved they do have a tendency to run off, so a box to corral them up sounds like a plan. Nice looking dice boxes.

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#3 posted 02-05-2020 09:24 PM



I was confused about the “tower”. Didn t see anything in your projects. Went to the blog and see that you had an initial entry for what looked like a tumbler ramp to evidently give the dice a roll, once they leave your hands. For board games.

So if dice are involved they do have a tendency to run off, so a box to corral them up sounds like a plan. Nice looking dice boxes.

- therealSteveN

Thanks! Yeah, I realized right before I was about to post that I hadn’t put any of my towers on here yet (I’ll probably put those up when I have time tomorrow). Basically, it’s a “tower” that encloses 3 tumblers, with an opening at the top and bottom. You put dice in the top, and they exit the bottom (usually into some sort of tray). Let’s see if I can figure out how to insert a picture here…

I never got around to Part 2 of that blog post…the shop has been insanely busy for me, and the blog has suffered. Hopefully soon! (the problem is I always forget to take pictures of the process!)

-- Mackenzie Mulligan, trying to get better every day at https://mulliganwoodworking.wordpress.com/

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