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i love wooden board games so when i recently saw the game nine men's morris i thought i would give making one a try.

And because the design i came up with had two sides i went for the nice old game of drafts (checkers)

The board and the pieces will be made from wood and cut and engraved on a laser cutter. 

this is the first time I've made a board for a game from scratch so i know it wont be perfect but it was mainly a test to see if i could do it.

Step 1: Materials and Tools.

Picture of Materials and Tools.
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- wood. i used different types, all 3mm thick.
             >walnut, spruce, obeche and a pine ply wood. 
- Thin ply wood. i used a 1mm ply
- wood glue.
- small hinges and fastening latch, with tiny screws. 


- sand paper
- files
- laser cutter
- saw
Neander2 years ago
I first played 6 men, 9 men, and 12 men Morris from Assassin's Creed 3. This is a great instructable!
Nice instructable. I remember playing nine men's morris when I was young.

I'm partial to shellac as a wood finish; it's natural, easy to apply, easy to fix if it gets scratched or something, and doesn't cover the beauty of the wood like some of the thicker finishes.

Just dissolve some shellac flakes in denatured alcohol and rub it on with a wad of cotton cloth.
backwards lamb (author)  supersoftdrink2 years ago
oooooo, i might have a look into using Shellac to finish it. thanks.
Thrasym2 years ago
That's pretty cool. I wasn't familiar with the game so I had to look it up. Going to give it a try online. I like how you set up the board, so you can play the 3, 6 and 12 man variants. The way you solved the colour issue was creative. I think I would have put symbols for chess pieces on the other side though. Giving you a third game option.