Hex Nut D6





Introduction: Hex Nut D6

This is a new spin on an old classic. I have played table top games for years spending many nights exploring dungeons and fighting dragons, my trusty dice by my side. A slow day at work i was playing around with some nuts and bolts and came up with this fun idea, and thought it make the perfect Christmas gift for my gaming group.

Step 1: What You Will Need

You will need (note: I'm making a 1/4 inch pieces you can do bigger pieces out smaller if you want)
6 1/4 hex nuts
1 1/4 x 2 inch carriage bolt
making tape or painters tape
drill or electric screw driver
spray paint

not pictured
tooth picks

Step 2: Setting the Hex Nuts

the first piece you want to get on as tight as possible.

use a tooth pick to apply a decent amount of glue just around the top of the nut make sure to not get to much in the threads

after the first nut it is more important to be straight than tight get it as tight as you can but a uniform straightness is what we are looking for

continue repeating this step till all 6 are on there the 5th but i put a little more glue on to make sure everything stays in place and on the 6th i didn't put any on the top as to give the final product a more clean result

Step 3: Tapping

once you allow the allotted time for the glue to dry

apply tape going around pretty much everything (rule for painting if you don't tape it your going paint it)

i used my finger nail to go around the groves so that i could mark my pips easier (fun fact the dots on a dice are called pips)

Step 4: Mark Your Pips

take your sharpie and mark your pips make sure opposite sides add up to be 7 the order i did was 1-5-3-6-2-4

Step 5: Drill the Pips

if you have a bench clamp id recommend you use that i don't so I just used a wrench

for the drill bit i used a 1/8th bit

just go one side at a time

try to get them straight as you can but i recommend when you start you have to comitt to it if you mess up the tape i will show a fix in the next step

Step 6: Fixing Whoops

if you scratch the tape that means paint can get thru all you need to do is get a small piece of tape and cover the goof up and re drill if needed

Step 7: Spray Paint

remember if you don't tape it your going to paint it so make sure it's all covered don't forget the tips and spray paint and allow it to dry

Step 8: Let's Roll Out

once it's dry take the tape off and we're done you can spin it like a top with a little practice or just roll it on the table

well that's it hope you enjoy the idea if you like it vote for it in the home made gift contest

thank you and may the dice roll in your favor



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    16 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Nobody rolls metal dice on my tables. I prefer same project out of plastic parts, such as kids toy tools, they're already colored and easy to glue and harmless to pockets. I like this instructable.

    Brilliant idea, and I, like others, am struck by its uniqueness. Concerning weight and visual beauty: thinking... mark nuts unmounted, glue them together, take threadless rod and mark opposite holes to be drilled into rod to create even weight, insert rod and glue it in place. File and trim ends of rod so nothing extends beyond the nuts. Absolutely no idea how one would mark the rod's holes, nor how one would actually drill into the surface of such a thin rod, nor how the glue would factor into the weight issues. Would look lovely in brass, though. Steampunk dice. Surely a first.

    Very cool idea. Nicely done. I'd use a Sharpie pen to color in the dots for some contrast. Another idea is that they make a long threaded hex connector that might work, but I think your idea of separate nuts looks better.

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    Yea the copper on silver doesn't show up well my next one will have red or black for sure

    I'm missing something here. I see only "1" pip on one edge of the nut, and "1" pip on other edges of the nut....and on some edges there is no pip. The opposite side of the hex nut has to add up to seven....what gives?

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    you count the entire face you see shook the opposite of 1 is 6 2 is 5 and 3 is 4

    Just an idea, but using bronze, brass, or copper nuts might also add to
    the 'effect'. Might also want to use acrylic model paint instead of the
    spray paint to make the pips really stand out.

    Also, if you could use two hex bolts for the 'end' pips. Just measure the length of one bolt so that it will meet the other in the middle of one pip(nut). Applying a little super-glue or locktite to each nuts location on the bolt(and a drop or two for the connector nut) before screwing them down should insure they will not move(or separate in the case of the connector nut) for quite some time.

    Now, that's both clever and original. I've certainly never seen it before your Instructable. And I've lived around industry and machine shops all my life. Nice!

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    This is a stupid question, however, what is the name of the game or are you supposed to make more?

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    Not only are the spots called pips, "dice" is plural; the singular is "die." You have made one die.

    Since there is slightly more weight on the "one" face than any other, and slightly less weight on the "six" face (one drillout vs. six), this die will tend to roll a six slightly more often than any other number. "Professional" dice, those used in casinos, are machined to exacting tolerances, taking into account even the weight of the paint in the pips, so that each face has an equal chance of turning up.

    A common way of making crooked dice is to drill out the pips on the "six" face, insert small lead pellets in the holes, and then paint over them; hence the term "loaded dice." A die so loaded will tend to land with the loaded face down, and the opposite face (in this example, "one") up. That's why casino dice are transparent, to make loads visible. Don't try this at home; even a Presbyterian minister (me) knows about this and other ways to make crooked dice.

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    yes i don't think this would pass in Vegas and surprisingly it rolls 4 allot. more fun than functional


    1 year ago

    Very interesting idea for dice! Kinda mad that I didn't think of it :)

    Cool idea, you've made me think about other dice shapes that are regular on the rolling sides without being regular polyhedrals.

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    it's funny when you finally see something that will work and you have that ahh ha moment