Adaptive Mancala Game

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Project by filmorgan posted 05-20-2022 02:43 PM 538 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a special request from a relative for her husband who has Parkinsons and limited hand mobility. She found the plastic cups and asked me to make a board to hold them. I wanted to make something they wouldn’t be ashamed to put on their coffee table and this is what I came up with. Solid oak and walnut. Shellac finish and LOTS of sanding!

-- Phil, Missouri,

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#1 posted 05-20-2022 03:01 PM

Looks good, hope he can enjoy it for a long time.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 05-20-2022 03:41 PM

Thanks Ron, I hope so too. My wife had a spinal cord injury 20+ years ago so we are very familiar with therapy. This one has a special place in my heart.

-- Phil, Missouri,

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#3 posted 05-20-2022 04:40 PM

Nice looking project. I had to google “Mancala” – looks like the game is even older than I am – LOL.

-- Ken, Chestermere

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#4 posted 05-20-2022 04:44 PM

Nice. I made a mancala board for my dad years ago, this is a great adaptation.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#5 posted 05-20-2022 04:46 PM

I like the idea of picking up the cup to dump out the beads. Nice work.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 05-20-2022 05:10 PM

This is a great idea. Even with no injury, small mancala stones on a small board can be a pain to pick up without spilling them into the next cup, and then you have to fight over how many were in which cup.

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#7 posted 05-20-2022 05:12 PM

Thanks, everybody. This is making me imagine how other games can be adapted for those with special needs. I’d love to see a line of toys for kids and adults, with everything from CP to arthritis.

-- Phil, Missouri,

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#8 posted 05-20-2022 08:07 PM

Nice game, Phil…...........Jim

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

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#9 posted 05-20-2022 11:46 PM

Great job on this, not only does it offer the satisfaction of a job well done, but even better the enjoyment of helping another with your skills. Two thumbs up.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 05-21-2022 12:58 AM

NIce work on this A very kind and attractive adaptation.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 05-21-2022 03:07 AM

That is a good looking board Phil. Also had to look it up, interesting game. Nicely done joints in the corners with the Walnut.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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