Mesquite Dominos

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Project by staryder posted 10-27-2012 12:50 AM 5993 views 13 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of Mesquite Dominos I made a while ago. A friend has been telling me to post them, so here you go. I have been making Dominos for a couple of years now in my spare time. I have several other sets and things I can post depending on the interest in these. This is just a hobby for me that has been a ton of fun. I have made templates and sleds along the way to help keep thing precise. So everything is held pretty consistant.

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 01:27 AM

Welcome to lumberjocks!

How many dominos are in the box? They look very precisely made.

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#2 posted 10-27-2012 01:36 AM

Those are really classy! Don’t think I’ve seen wooden dominos before. Nice box as well (I’m a big fan of ‘feet’ on boxes)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-27-2012 02:53 AM

Thank you, there are 28 in a double six set. I’m a fan of feet on boxes as well. The boxes have rare earth magnets in the lids that sort of pull the lid shut and all of my sets have leather in the bottom of the boxes. I have started doing epoxy inlays on the lids as well and making sets of dominos out of a plastic cutting board material for those hard core players who don’t care for the wood grain in the dominos. Thank you for the kind words I will post more stuff in time….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#4 posted 10-27-2012 03:35 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!
Those Dominos are outstanding and the workmanship is
top shelf.

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#5 posted 10-27-2012 03:57 AM

Beautiful. Mesquite is my favorite. Please post more projects. Are those brass inserts in the middle of each domino? What for?

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#6 posted 10-27-2012 05:28 AM

Wow this set is wonderful.

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#7 posted 10-27-2012 10:23 AM


Great job on both the box and the dominoes. If you make the dominoes from either hard maple or holly, you’ll have white wood with little or no grain showing. Holly might be a little expensive, but it doesn’t take a lot to make a set.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 10-27-2012 10:44 AM

Rick very neat

Dominoes are great fun, I must hang

my head in shame and admit to owning a

plastic set. You have me thinking now.

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#9 posted 10-27-2012 11:05 AM

Thank you all for the kind words…. Those are 3/32 copper round head rivets. They are spinners and they are actually to keep dirt or stuff from accumulating in the dots while playing. I started out to make them all out of Mesquite as it is beautiful wood and I love working with it. I havent had anyone that wanted white or light colored dominos. I have done some boxes in Tiger Maple and had some issues with the epoxy inlays bleeding but for those I used that cutting board plastic I picked up a long time ago for the dominos. I usually make the Dominos out of the same or close to the same wood as the box. Right now I dont think I own a set of dominos, coworkers, friends and family keep getting all the ones I have made. I will post some of the other sets I have made and some of the other things I have made as well.

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#10 posted 10-27-2012 12:44 PM

Thank you all for pushing my first post to the Daily Top 3. I just posted a Bois d’ arc set that I have always been very proud of. I am currently working on two almost Bookmatched sets of Mesquite Dominos for a friends Father and Father-in-law for XMas. They should be complete in a few weeks and I will post them then. Each set takes several weeks to complete as I do these in my spare time and I am very particular on how I do things.

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#11 posted 10-27-2012 01:53 PM

Nice project!! My wife and I enjoy playing dominos with some friends. I love the set you have posted here….was just wondering something though…how would it work to do everything as you have; but paint the inside of the dots with the colors that are on the plastic ones? Acrylic paints should have the colors I would think and my mind gravitates toward the colors along with the number of dots or configurations.
Also, what type and size drill bit do you use for the dots?

-- Tim Harrelson

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#12 posted 10-27-2012 01:59 PM

I use paint pens to paint them most have wanted black but I have done several other colors as well. I use a homemade jig to get them in the right spots and I use a 1/4” ball end mill in a drill press to make them.

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#13 posted 10-27-2012 02:50 PM

Really cool! If you’ve got time and you’re willing to share, a how-to blog would be very interesting.

My family loves dominoes, and this would be quite popular.

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#14 posted 10-27-2012 04:00 PM

Very nice set of dominoes. I thought of making a set, but never did; maybe your post will be the impetus.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#15 posted 10-27-2012 04:16 PM

Wow this is truley a unique wood working hobby. And well executed too I might add.
We just gotta see more … Welcome to LJ’s

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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