Domino Box

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Project by splintergroup posted 10-14-2021 05:18 PM 594 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry LBD, no Festool accessory storage intended.

Walnut and QSWO scraps, 3/8” thick walls, interior storage for a “Double 12” domino set (91 pieces + instructions).
The lid handle and corners are jatoba with maple splines.
Finish is a cut of bullseye shellac topped with some rattle can Minwhacks satin poly (love the nozzle on these cans!)

The MIL is always choosing oddball gifts for us, usually garage sale items. One year I opened this, a set of dominoes in a format I never knew existed. The wife and I don’t really play but I decided I wanted something better than the metal tin they came in.

I mulled the box over for a few years, never thinking up something appropriate until I saw this box made by ppworkshop

Perfect! I only made a few slight changes, but kept the wood combo. The box joint style was the “game changer” that I was searching for.

Simple construction with some pain-staking precision with the cuts for it all to go together well. I actually drew up a plan since there were so many dimension details to keep track of.

The top handle has a recess for a domino and the lid provides a “hub” for various game versions (I’m a complete noob on domino games, only ever used them to line up and push over)

The side strips are 1” wide, but for the lid to fit nicely I cut the longer top strips 1/16” narrower (15/16”) and the shorted strips 1/16” wider. This allows for the interlocking pieces to just fall together with the 1/32” gap on each side. If I do it again, I’d reduce the gap by half.

The corners are a nice way to pimp the box out some and allow a table saw cut groove for the plywood bottom. No need for stopped cuts since the corner posts cover them up. Splines for strength.

The roundover on the edges let me spend some quality time at the router table with a 1/8” roundover bit 8^)

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 10-14-2021 05:23 PM

Very nice, amazing what inspiration comes from this group!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 10-14-2021 05:36 PM

nice work splint.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 10-14-2021 05:47 PM

Looks awesome! Nice tight corners…

-- Brian in Texas

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#4 posted 10-14-2021 05:52 PM

Beautiful box. Like the wood choice and the desig. Nive work.

-- Ron

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#5 posted 10-14-2021 05:58 PM

This is wonderful!

-- Van "If you're looking for perfection, don't look here."

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#6 posted 10-14-2021 06:34 PM

Very attractive box, Bruce!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 10-14-2021 06:48 PM

Splint that is way cool!

-- Petey

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#8 posted 10-14-2021 06:51 PM

Thanks guys!

A quick build 8^)

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#9 posted 10-14-2021 07:09 PM

That’s really fantastic!

Great idea, great wood choice, great build…

One of the few games I like to play…nice storage idea…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 10-14-2021 07:19 PM

Nice, Splint!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 10-14-2021 07:50 PM

The way the box is pieced together looks as if they are dominos. Nice effect.
Over the top on this one.

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

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#12 posted 10-14-2021 08:27 PM

Beautiful box, enjoyed seeing it!

-- “Often wrong but never in doubt”. Dave in WV.

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#13 posted 10-14-2021 08:29 PM

Wouldn’t expect anything less than awesome from you Bruce. Perfect matching, and alignment of the woods, great choices of woods used for the biggest bang. The splined corners make it Fort Knox tight, and the interfit keys are playful and I think maybe a nod to your A&C leanings.

I don’t play or understand Dominoes, but I’m betting that the notches and the die positioning are something to do with a proper game.

Nice work.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 10-14-2021 10:38 PM

Interesting construction, Splinty. I know you purposely chose that brightly rayed piece of QSO for then central focus.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#15 posted 10-14-2021 10:45 PM

Interesting construction, Splinty. I know you purposely chose that brightly rayed piece of QSO for then central focus.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Did I? 8^)

Long time away there Brian, good to hear form you!

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