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,
Step 1: (trace the Board, Then Cut It Out).
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.
Step 2: (the Box).
Step 3: (Polyurethane, Felt and Fasteners).
I felted the inside fully, and under the whiteboard, with a general purpose adhesive. You must use sparingly or it will bleed through the felt. So I used an adhesive trowel to make sure the right about was used.
The idea is that the inside will store the game pieces for travel.
The unit when closed ended up being about ten inches thick, which is too big and weighs about thirty pounds.
So I would advise going WAY thinner, to save both some weight and bulk.
The good thing about my board being huge is that we can fit almost all our favorite games inside, not just Catan!
This is my first Instructable so be gentle and vote if you find it worthy!