Step 1: Mapping out the Space

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Assemble the game the way it would be when you use it to figure out the way it best fits on the acrylic sheet. For the same reason that motivated me to build this, I found it helpful to tape the outside edge down: otherwise the pieces move around.

The piece of acrylic I bought was just smaller than what I really wanted, but it does the trick.

Step 3: Lay out the troughs for the roads

In Settlers of Catan roads are placed on the edges between tiles. Since the tiles never seem to lie flat, the roads are never quite stable. I cut troughs into the acrylic to keep the roads in place.

Lessons learned working the acrylic
I am using a router with a 1/4 inch bit. I initially ran it at full speed but the acrylic melts easily and was just gumming up. I had an speed adjuster around that you can put between the plug and the outlet. There was a lot less gumming up with a slower speed.
The cuts were cleanest if I started in the center and rolled the router along the fence to the edges, taking off another layer with each sweep until I had the full depth (about half the thickness of the acrylic). I eased out of the trough in the middle as well since stopping at the ends left that part all uneven.

Did you consider just using a twist drill bit? A standard double helix bit works just fine on acrylic.

jus7285 years ago
why would you do this?
"Settlers of Catan and other board games based on tiles often fly apart. I made an acrylic cover to settle the tiles and keep the other pieces in place."

Also, he and/or she wanted to. What more of a reason do you need?
A good name5 years ago
Interesting idea...
MisterHay5 years ago
Nice. I've often considered doing something like this, but it seemed like too big of a project.