Introduction: How to Make a Chinese Checkers Board
This instructable will show you how to make a wooden Chinese checkers board that can be used with marbles to play the game. I have a wooden board and marble set and when my brother-in-law and his wife saw it they wanted one but couldn't find one to buy. So I made it.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Automatic center punch
Round nose router bit (I used 12.7mm)
Round over router bit
300x300x18mm piece of wood
60 x 14mm marbles 10 of 6 colours
Board template (attached as pdf)
Varnish, Oil or stain to finish the wood
Step 2: Marking and Drilling the Board
Place the template over the board and using the center punch mark each center dot. I used and automatic punch as you only have to press on it. If you are using a punch and hammer I would suggest taping the template to the board.
Once you have the board marked it can be drilled. I mounted the round nose router bit in the pillar drill and set the depth stop on the drill. I would suggest practicing on a similar piece of timber to set you drill to the correct speed to achieve a nice finish with the bit.
You may have the same problem I faced and could not position the board on the pillar drill to get a few holes in the centre of the board. To get around this either use the router bit in a hand held drill or use a plunge router.
Step 3: Finishing the Board
Once all the holes were drilled I then used the router with the rounded edge bit to add some detail to the outside of the board.
Then give the board a good sand down and I chose to finish mine with linseed oil.
Set up the marbles and you are ready to play
Step 4: How to Play
To play the game each player puts his or her own colored marbles on one of the six points or corners of the star and attempts to relocate them all to the opposite corner. Players take turns moving one marble, either by moving it one single adjacent step or moving a chain of one or any other number of available jumps. A step consists of moving a marble to an adjacent unoccupied space in any of the six available directions. A jump consists of jumping directly over a single adjacent marble, either one's own or an opponent's into the unoccupied space directly beyond the adjacent marble, this can be repeated to form a chain. It is not mandatory to advance the marble by as many jumps as is possible in the chain. In some instances a player may choose to stop the move part way through the chain to impede the opponent's progress or to align their marbles for planned future moves.