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If you've never played Catan, you probably wont know what a pain the original board is.
If you have played you know that it falls apart and is especially irritating to play with kids.
Since I have three boys who love the game, I had to come up with something.
We also wanted the option to take the game camping with us, so needed a way to store it, move it, and play it in the tent.
Hopefully this instructable will give you ideas for your own board.

After careful measurement I decided that my playing boards would be 24"X32".
I could have gone smaller, but wanted room on the whiteboard for some of the custom games we do.
I purchased a sheet of 4'X8' whiteboard Masonite for the board surface.
I also purchased the hinges, handle, felt and clamps.  
Total cost was around 100$.
Everything else was created from scraps, 
 
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Step 1: (trace the board, then cut it out).

So I cut two pieces of the white board into 24"X32" pieces.
Then I placed the Catan pieces in the middle, (yes I measured) :)
I then placed a soup can on each piece so they wont move while I trace them.
Then I CARFULLY cut out the inner side of the trace.  I tried both a jig saw and a dremel, and the dremel was by far easier.
The key with cutting anything is going slow.
There are two sized boards, one for 2-4 players and one for 4-6.  So I repeat this step for each side.

SparkySolar28 days ago

I love this instructable thank you so much

dozer7891 year ago
This is pretty cool! I have played Catan at some friends of ours and it is very annoying the way to board goes all OVER the place. This is the answer!!
Great Job!!
Titankeepr (author)  dozer7891 year ago
Thanks!
Your welcome!!
You could build a version so it could accommodate the original on 1 side and an expansion on the other.
Titankeepr (author)  Iron Cowbell1 year ago
It does! It has the original on one side and expansion on the other. However now that you mention it...I'm not sure I actually showed that! Ill take a pic and update it to be more clear. Thanks!
Why are there no wood hexes?
Titankeepr (author)  adamrwilson1 year ago
This Instructable is only for the boards themselves and uses the hexes that came with the original boards.
I had the exact same idea but the problem with making a board like you made is that it makes it difficult to carry around and you can't use it for some of the settlers expansions. I do admire your creativity. Catan all the way!!!
Titankeepr (author)  jacksparrowowns1 year ago
It is bulky however we consider it a fine trade. We play it on the carpet or anywhere, we even played it by the campfire this weekend. We also use several of the expansions from time to time, and they fit just fine (at least the ones we have). I would much rather deal with a little bulk for a few seconds rather than deal with getting an hour into a game and having a kid bump it and have to start over. Thanks for the comment!