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Sheesh, that's a mouthful. Yard dice are a very easy and fun project. Especially with the end of winter and better weather on the horizon!

These started out as a resin project but ended up becoming much simpler. Honestly, I don't think they would have looked near as good had I gone with my original concept! Let me show you how I made them!

Step 1: From Post to Die!

To start off I picked up a 4x4 post from the Home Depot. It was labeled as a "gothic post" and in the fencing area of my store.

That is a good price for this project, but why didn't I just use a $3 4x4 post?

A quick word on wood. Most cheap 4x4's are actually green wood (in other words, wet wood) and as they let off that moisture they will split and crack. The post I bought was labeled kiln dried wood and should be much more stable in the long term. Another oddity is that a 4x4 post is only 3 1/2" square. It's very normal, but not something everyone considers.

To make the basic die block, I used my miter saw to cut off 6 pieces at 3 1/2" in length

One thing I didn't notice when purchasing the post is that the pith (dead center of the tree) was in this post. It's not the end of the world, but the pith is where most cracks and splits begin. If you can find a post without the pith it will make for a more stable project.

<p>Oh hey! Was about to message you chastising you for ripping off Peter Brown only to find that you are Peter Brown. Love ShopTime and it's nice to see you do Instructables too!</p>
<p>Such a cool idea and an easy project. I wonder how a set would look if you mask off the block and just paint the dots black and then top coat the dots with the glow-in-the-dark spray paint?</p>
<p>Well I hope *I* win the contest, but if YOU win the contest I guess that's not too terrible...</p>
<p>I voted for your project! So, I guess I hope you win too. :)</p>
<p>Right on, captain!</p>
<p>I love this! I was going to make some of yard dice this spring, but now I am making YOUR dice! Nice job!</p>
<p>these look very cool. </p><p>I was thinking of making some and I assume they are going to get left outside in sun and rain. but I'm not sure how hardwearing the paint would be, maybe a top coat or two of clear varnish would weatherproof them a bit? </p><p>just out of interest why a sit of six, I'm sure I'm missing something ?</p><p> Also a quick way of finding the right number for a dice face, the opposing sides add up to 7.</p>
<p>I'm not planning on leaving them outside. I'm going to buy a bucket and store them in a closet somewhere. <br><br>I wanted to be able to play zitch. Which requires 6 dice! :)</p>
<p>I like how you explained the glow in the dark choices during the video. Your solution seemed like the logical choice to me. BTW, I posted giant dominoes a few weeks ago. Painting the pips was a tedious step for me. One easy step I found was to run the blocks over the belt sander after painting to the pips. This cleaned up my sloppy paint job :). </p>

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