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This is a guide to making a wooden domino set from scratch.

Step 1: Gather Materials

- Plank of Wood 3.5 Inches wide, 16 inches long and 1.5 inches tall

- Band Saw (or manual saw)

- Sanding Belt (or sand paper)

- Drill Press with (1/8 drill bit)

-Black Painting Marker or black Pant

<p>Nice job and thanks for the idea! I used it for the Remix Contest.</p><p> <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Large-Dominoes-From-Pallets/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Large-Dominoes-Fro...</a></p>
<p>I like your project. I agree with the comments about the grain orientation, but maybe if you used a hardwood like maple? And, another thing. I've played 42 with some serious rascals. I bet after a few hands, they would recognize the dominoes by the back grain design! The way you cut them though, I bet that would be harder to do.</p>
<p>very interesting point... I never realized that but thats good advice </p>
<p>FYI,</p><p>Saw Machine = Band Saw</p><p>Sanding Machine = Belt Sander</p><p>Drilling Machine = Drill Press</p>
<p>thanks for that haha I made the changes </p>
<p>James, if my son gave me this, I would be so proud.</p>
<p>thanks! :)</p><p>I learned a lot from others giving me advice about wood and dominoes and the flaws from this project, to make many improvements for future reference.</p><p>But hey it's the idea that counts ;)</p>
<p>And you put a lot of work into getting the details right.</p>
<p>Except for the wrong geometry and shape, I think that since you cut all the pieces by the end grain you made them fragile and easy to break on the middle..Even more adding the center groove..</p><p>anyway nice looking result </p>
<p>Actually, since he made them 1/2 inch thick, I suspect they will be just fine. If they were as thin as manufacturers usually make dominos, there may be a problem.</p>
<p>I agree. Next time James, try some hardwood...and cut the pieces not using the end grain of the wood. It does make the project rather fragile and it will warp...If you use soft wood again, get the kiln dried stuff, and again, use the planed sides, not the open celled ends. :) You will enjoy the project much better. Since i have to make some very large pieces of this project, I will see if I can post a picture later on:) Keep up the great ideas and work...it just takes a few tips to make any project top notch:) Also, instead of a pen, use a wood burning tool for the dots:) That way you can oil finish your project and have no runs, nor need for any paints. Have fun! Cheers!</p>
<p>When I first saw this I thought &quot;nice but why?&quot; </p><p> It looks like a lot of work and wouldn't save money</p><p>Then of course Der.....</p><p>I realised the real benefit of this is what you can do on the REVERSE side of the domino and really create a design, something which is unique and personalised that where a great gift for a domino enthusiast could be created.</p>
<p>A domino is a mathematical shape consisting of two squares together. To achieve this shape, simply trim the 2x4 to 3 inches wide. Then your 1 1/2&quot; x 3&quot; pieces will be true dominos, and look better when you play those 90 degree turns.</p><p>Experience making routed wood signs shows that paint can wick through the wood fibers, making your holes look fuzzy. To prevent this, treat the wood with an oil finish first. Plain linseed oil works fine. Then, use the big end of a flat toothpick or similar to place a drop of good oil base paint in the hole. It will shrink as it dries, providing a nice solid color. Go through your old odds and ends of paint, make up some test blocks, and see what colors really pop with your choice of wood.</p>
<p>Thanks for the constructive critism... I'll take this into consideration next time I make wooden products </p>
<p>A pretty awesome first Instructable!</p><p>I voted in all the categories you entered because this is a job well done and such a cool homemade gift!</p><p>Well done :-)</p>
<p>Thank you for the vote! </p><p>And in fact I plan on giving this as a gift to my mom for the holidays ;)</p>
<p>PURE LOL! great idea!</p>
<p>What a great idea, and they look pretty cool too.</p><p>Is there any particular reason you didn't go with the grain, though?</p>
<p>This would be an awesome Christmas gift for someone :)</p>

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