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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.
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Step 1: 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

Step 2: Planning and cutting.

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I searched on google for the layout of the Nine mens morris board and drew one up in illustrator, i also drew up a checkers game board for the other side of the box that i was planning to make.

i cut the parts out of the wood on a laser cutter.

Step 3: Gluing the parts.

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i cut the main board in triangles so the the grain would go around and turn at right angles.
The frame for the main board was made from the ply wood.

I spread the glue along where the two parts for one half meet and then i used the thin 1mm ply as a brace on the underside of the board face to keep it together and strong.

i did this with all 8 parts for the two sides.

The frame was made with two layers of 3mm plywood.
i constructed them in two L shapes the first layer is the main surface and the second layer is the brace level.
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.