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Game Board start

This is the template that I have designed for my cousin's wife's game. I used a peg board cut to the dimensions that she specified. (don't want to give up the secrets just yet). It took me a few days to get the layout right. I got the approval to go ahead and start making today. ithttp://i371.photobucket.com/albums/oo153/ricksrustics/GameTemplate.jpg
 

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Template done

Well, I finally finished the template for the game board and attatched it to a piece of birch plywood 3/4 inch. Tomorrow I am going to start routing the holes. It took me 2 days to get my Porter Cable router set up for the task.

Talked to my cousins wife today. She wants this one and about 3 more ready for a trip to Florida in April. I told her that I could possibly have them ready for her. She also asked if I could carve a saying onto the bottom of the board. I told her that I could wood burn it on. She liked that idea. So progress is being made. Will post the project in a few days. (Haven't figured how to showo pics in the blog yet). I told my cousin's wife that I am making the 1st board a test board. I need to get more wood and laminate them to an inch thick, and roughly 18 inches square. I was going to make a drawer for the marbles, but decided to drill a hole on the edge of all four sides to put the marbles and dice. Looks like I got my work cut out for me. More to come.
 

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Final ok to begin work

Well, My Cousin's Wife has just given me the okay to build the game board. She needs 4 by April. I am going to go to Woodcraft to do most of the milling as I don't have the equipment. My local woodcraft rents shop time on Fridays, $25.00 for a 3 hour session and full use of all tools available. It shouldn't take me that long to get these done. Just though that I would update everyone.
 

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Boards are glued

Well, I was finally able to get to Woodcraft and start the milling og the boards. Thanks to Tearen, I have 2 curly maple, 1 walnut, and 1 oak. I have them glued up ready for the next step. I need to get them to a uniform thickness. I am going to use a belt sander to do this as I am low on funds and can't afford to have someone else get them planed. I screwed up when I did the glue up, I did not use biscuits or dowels to line them up. (I was in a hurry. I only had 3 hours to get them all done).

Lessons I learned:

Have everything ready before you start.

Use dowels or biscuits or dowel to line things up.

Take the time to do things right.

Stay tuned for the continuing saga of the game boards.

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Boards are almost done

Here are a few updated pics of the game boards that I have been working on. I still have 1 more to build. I also need to create the turnbuckles that will hold thamarbles inside. On the curly maple one there is a huge mistake. (I popped through the top a bit when drilling the holes in the sides). I am thinking of laying a piece of darker veneer accross the board to disguise the mistake. I have sent my cousin's wife these photos and explained what happened. I am awaiting final decision on it. I should have these done this weekend. Alot of lessons learned in this process. Will post them all at the end. See pics in projects. Will post them shortly
 

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Boards are almost done

Here are a few updated pics of the game boards that I have been working on. I still have 1 more to build. I also need to create the turnbuckles that will hold thamarbles inside. On the curly maple one there is a huge mistake. (I popped through the top a bit when drilling the holes in the sides). I am thinking of laying a piece of darker veneer accross the board to disguise the mistake. I have sent my cousin's wife these photos and explained what happened. I am awaiting final decision on it. I should have these done this weekend. Alot of lessons learned in this process. Will post them all at the end. See pics in projects. Will post them shortly
Sorry, but I don't see any pictures.
 

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Boards are almost done

Here are a few updated pics of the game boards that I have been working on. I still have 1 more to build. I also need to create the turnbuckles that will hold thamarbles inside. On the curly maple one there is a huge mistake. (I popped through the top a bit when drilling the holes in the sides). I am thinking of laying a piece of darker veneer accross the board to disguise the mistake. I have sent my cousin's wife these photos and explained what happened. I am awaiting final decision on it. I should have these done this weekend. Alot of lessons learned in this process. Will post them all at the end. See pics in projects. Will post them shortly
I kno I know I ment to post this in projects Sorry. I am still figuring LJ out.
 

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Lessons learned

Well, as promised here are some of the lessons I have learned while making these boards
1. From now on I am going to make sure that the boards are planed to proper thickness 1st.
2. Use correct joinery when edge glueing boards together.
3. Make sure that 1 end grain side is square before glueing.
4. When drilling holes in the sides HOLD THE DRILL STRAIGHT. Better yet don't use forstner bit.
5. make sure to use a properly sized router bushing for template routing. (I ruined the 1st routing jig because the bushing I was using was to tall for the template)
6. DON'T RUSH.

Well, that is all I can think of for right now.

I will be posting pics of the boards in a few days. I put a coat of Tung Oil on them. My cousin's wife will put the poly on.

I am going to ask her to take a pic of everyone that will be getting a board. So I can see the looks on they're faces.

I am planning on making more of these but I think I may use either MDF with a veneer on it as I have a bunch to use. Or I may use plywood.

Thanks for letting me ramble
 

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Boards are done

Well, Just got the boards done and delivered yesterday. My Cousin's wife is going to put the finishing touches on them and give them to her family next week. I have asked her to take pictures so I can post them on LJ. She was extremely happy on how they turned out. Sooo now I have to clean the shop to get ready for the next projects.
 
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