Kingwood dice

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Project by lawrence posted 12-24-2012 02:22 PM 2025 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I met a woodworker from another forum and he gave me a lovely little piece of kingwood. I’ve been showing it off to visitors for some time now, meaning all the while to make something out of it. I finally got around to using it for a set of dice for my sons for a “shut the box” game I am making for them for Christmas (yes, I know it is coming very soon… tomorrow will be a shop day!)

At any rate, the dice are 1×1 square and are amazingly (lucky) balanced. The kingwood is a perfect compliment for the mahogany shut the box case and I can’t wait to give it to my boys.

This is the jig I used- for the 2,3,4,5 I had the side pieces removed and I carved the dots all at once for all 4 dies- the 1 and 6 required additional jigging and I had to carve the dies individually after cutting them loose.

Here’s a quick youtube video I did showing how accurate you can get with the Carvewright – (I’ll be honest I suprised myself!) The edge rounds are .02 deep and were carved accurately (square) to as far as my eyesight could tell.



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#1 posted 12-24-2012 02:32 PM

Very nice. I sure your sons will enjoy!

-- ..."When everyone is thinking the same... Someone isnt thinking." ... George S Patton

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 04:47 PM

That is too funny. I also made a shut the box game for my daughter this Christmas. And I made the dice. I made them from a chunk of Koa wood I got in Hawaii many years ago. I’ll be posting it in a couple of days. Hope your boys like it.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 07:01 PM

That’s a keeper project for sure. Great use of a very special wood.

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

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 09:50 PM

looks very nice

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#6 posted 12-25-2012 02:26 PM

great project Lawrence!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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