Wooden Dice!

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Project by Brett posted 01-06-2014 05:32 AM 1979 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Funny how a fella can go so long and then an idea “pops” into his head.

When the idea of making some wooden dice came to me, I thought Wow, what an original idea. It’s so simple that I bet no one else has done it yet. Well, at least not posted them to share with others. Ha ha, was I wrong! ;)

I found out that I wasn’t the first one to come up with this brilliant project idea and I found that mine weren’t the most unique or exquisitly crafted pair of dice either. Oh well, here they are in all their humble slendor anyway!

I came home from work last night (swingshift) and I just wasn’t quite ready to lay down and get some sleep. So I headed out to the shop to materialize some dice that I had thought about. I grabbed a scrap of maple and cut it into a cube shape.

Next, I grabbed another die to copy the dots from, and laid out the locations for them. I used a spring loaded center punch to mark the locations more permantly. By this time I decided that I should at least try and go to sleep.

Today, I headed out to shop to finish up these two chunks of wood. I ground the head of a nail down to a nice half round shape and chucked the nail in the drill press. I heated the nail with a torch and with the bit spinning, lowered it into the wood on the punched dot locations. It made nice rounded, dark dimples into the wood and I was so pleased with how they looked. I used a small block plane, files, and sandpaper to round over the sharp edges.

I donned the blue nitrile gloves and rubbed in two light coats of Waterlox for the finish.

The dice are 1 5/8” square.

I hope you like them and thank you for looking!


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 06:54 AM

Very nice and thanks for the spinning burn brand idea.

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 01:40 PM

Nothing’s original, but you don’t see dice like this very often. What dimensions did you use? They look real nice.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 03:26 PM

Beautiful vintage look Brett. This would be nice with tiger maple I bet!
It’s the little things like this that are done with such quality that make life better.
Quite ingenious how you came up with the hot nail idea.

Well done,


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#4 posted 01-06-2014 05:57 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!

Rick- they are 1 5/8” square. I added that to the post now and another picture to compare to a regular sized set of dice.

Thanks again!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 06:19 PM

Now that’s a nice pair…....................o dice. :) 7 come 11

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#6 posted 01-09-2014 04:44 AM

So you are not the first one I’ll bet you won’t be the last one either. Good looking work!

I like these and I have been thinking about making some nested ones about three deep each out of a different wood. The hard part was the closure but now with the new magnets the closure should be simpler.

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 03:00 AM

That’s just too cool. Great job on the dice Brett. Loved seeing the ole Parcheesi board to boot!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#8 posted 01-18-2014 08:57 PM

ah ive been wanting to make a set of these…they look great!

-- I don't always have soft hands....but when I do its because I just left the woodshop.

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