Normally played on the intersections of an 18x18 grid (thus giving a playing area of 19x19 points), quicker games can be played on smaller boards.
This Instructable details the manufacture of a 7x7 travel board with unique reversible pieces and the capability of preserving a part-played game.
(I have to own up to this being a collaboration with Kiteman. Blame him for any weird language.)
Step 1: Materials
- A large, empty matchbox (known as "cook's matches" or "kitchen matches" in the UK)
- Some dead matches, burned as little as possible (yes, I lit and extinguished these matches deliberately)
- Scrap card, preferably corrugated.
- Decorative paper.
- Sharp things, including a Dremel with a 2mm drill-bit, glue (we used PVA woodglue) and a permanent marker.
Step 2: The board
Glue the grid onto the corrugated card and trim to size to fit the drawer. If you have enough corrugated card, use two or three thicknesses glued together.
Trim it square by sawing it with a serrated knife blade.
At each of the 49 intersections, use the sharp thing of your choice to poke holes through the board, large enough to accept a matchstick. We ended up drilling the holes with Kitedad's Dremel.
Glue the board into one end of the matchbox drawer.
You may like to cut a rectangle of card to form a fourth wall around the board, which will also prevent the spare pieces falling across the board.
You may also like to decorate the outside of the matchbox (mainly to prevent it looking like a matchbox!) - the easiest way is to glue coloured paper around the box. You can also decorate it to suit your personal taste. If you are making this as a gift, then decorate it to suit the recipient's taste.