Backup Game gift to Grandparents 0.5

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Project by Jamie McDonald posted 03-13-2012 04:13 AM 3244 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was the 1st project that got me interested in wood working. I started buying my own tools after my friend Brian Barnes helped me complete this in his shop.

My grandparents still play this game together everynight after supper. The name of the game is backup. I’m lucky to have fantastic grandparents and i wanted to make something for them to show my love and appreciation.

The woods that were used in the box are Padauk, Cherry, Jatoba, yellowheart, Purpleheart, Maple, and Ebony.
The game board top also contains Cedar and Leopardwood.

I wanted to combine as many different kinds of woods in one single project as I possible could, while still being going together well. I think I achieved my objective.

The top slides in and out and secures with magnets. When it is fully closed dowels are used for alignment pins. When it is open those alignment pins become the feet as the board is flipped over and the playing surface is revealed. I wanted to make sure that the playing surface could be protected while it was stored away.

Thanks for looking at my first wood working training project that could not have been completed without the skills of my best friend Brian Barnes.

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 04:22 AM

Great job! The smiles on their faces say it all..

-- I have so many projects on the go, guess I'm not a "finish" carpenter!

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 12:34 PM

That’s great! I love the design and usefulness. Great project! Thanks for posting.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 01:16 PM

Well done, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 03-13-2012 03:49 PM

Beautiful job on it! Makes me want to learn how to play

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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#5 posted 03-13-2012 04:02 PM

Great job on your game! Is there another name for it? Where does it come from? I cannot find any more info about it but it looks very interesting and looks like a good project for ‘board’ game loving woodworkers. Tell us more if you can. Dimensions of board/box?? Basic rules?? Moves?? Any info would be appreciated by me and I’m sure lots of other lumber-jocks out there who like to build games for family and friends. Thanks!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 04:08 AM


You must be an incredible grandson! What a nice gift . . . and really well done! Thanks so much for sharing. We’d love to know more about the game, too (but it looks too complicated for us).


P.S. Are there really Packers’ fans in GA?

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 03-17-2012 03:31 PM

As a certified board game fan (in wood) I really like the looks of this. Well thought out with an attractive playing surface and great storage. I’ll second the request for more info as per “drbyte”.
btw, you might add “game” to your project tags.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#8 posted 03-17-2012 03:37 PM

Super gift and very nice work

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#9 posted 01-01-2015 12:33 AM

I love the game board that you made for Laurie and Allan. I know they love it and are so proud of your craftsmanship. The guest bed is absolutely beautiful. I wish I could afford some of your work.

Your cousin
Renee McDonald Langston

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