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!
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.