Choosing a durable finish for a dice tray

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Forum topic by JohnnyBoy1981 posted 06-24-2018 03:51 AM 529 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2018 03:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dice tray dice tower dice

My friends and I often play tabletop games that require rolling multiple hard plastic dice (think DnD or 40k). I thought it might be fun to make a tray to roll the dice into so they don’t fly everywhere. Or maybe a dice tower. I haven’t thought out an actual design yet, but it will probably be made out of scrap oak or ash I have laying about.
Is there a durable finish that would show off the grain pattern but still hold up to die being tossed against it?


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#1 posted 06-24-2018 01:06 PM

Oil based poly urethane is the most durable finish.

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#2 posted 06-24-2018 01:57 PM

The finish is only part of it. A hard finish on a soft wood is still going to take a beating. You need a hard wood as well, like ipe or mesquite. Fortunately, the Wood Database allows sorting by Janka hardness. Follow this link that sorts woods by descending hardness and scroll down until you find something you like:

I might even suggest that with a really hard wood, you don’t need a hard finish and only run the risk of it chipping and looking dinged up. Something like Tried & True will look beautiful and there’s no film to get damaged.

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#5 posted 06-26-2018 06:40 AM

+1 this is a favorite of mine. Also, I have found this product to stand up to UV ray discoloration (i.e Padouk)

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