Dampening Sound On Game Board

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Forum topic by WOODYouHelpMe posted 05-16-2019 02:30 PM 228 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2019 02:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing veneering question tip resource oak cherry pine

I have recently made multiple game boards for a game called Aggravation on pine, white and red oak wood. I have also used maple and oak plywood. They are generally 36” x 36”. i have put a few layers of clear coat to finish. The only problem is that the game board make a very loud and annoying sound when the dice are rolled on it. I am using one inch dice and one inch marbles and i know that is part of the problem, but hopefully we can find away around that. I have tried to use carpeting and rubber feet on the bottom but the high-pitch sound is still there. I was wondering if using wood that is more dense, like hickory or cherry, would solve this problem. I have also thought about using two half inch boards with some sort of sound dampening material between them.
Any ideas will help!!

Thanks In Advance!

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#1 posted 05-16-2019 03:41 PM

I think you are on the right track. The ideal would probably be something like a pool table or craps shooting table with a heavy subsurface and a felt top. But that would be counter to the wood workers goal of a fun attractive top made of multicolored wood. If the game board is made as a table top where weight is not an issue, then start with something massive like 3/4 MDF or particle board, add a layer (1/4” will probably be enough) of closed cell foam (the soft kind), and then the playing surface. For the playing surface, I think a veneer of multicolored wood over a dense subsurface like MDF glued down to the foam would have the best chance of succeeding. The goal, of course, is to keep the wood from vibrating and mass is your friend for this. Unless you use a felt surface, you can’t eliminate the clackity-clack of the rolling dice.

Maybe you could just use some of those big fuzzy dice :>)

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#2 posted 05-16-2019 03:52 PM

You can either increase the mass to absorb the vibration or use a softer material that won’t vibrate.

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#3 posted 05-16-2019 04:32 PM

If you want the wood to show through, I would just use a clear rubberized coating, like Plastidip clear or FelxSeal, available at the big box stores or amazon, etc. Another option is a dice pad that you can place on top, a small square of felt with walls of a nice wood to keep them corralled.

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#4 posted 05-16-2019 08:12 PM

May have to try the clear Plasticdip solution, thanks SMP!

Another solution to reducing dice noise is to use a dice tower.
Several examples in LJ projects.

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#5 posted 05-17-2019 12:15 PM

Check out Dynamat, it’s what car restorers and stereo installers use to dampen noise and vibration, 2 sq ft for $18 on amazon

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