Introduction: Travelize Your Favorite Board Game
How to make a travel friendly version of one of my favorite games, Ticket to Ride. This is my first instructable, so gimmie some feedback please.
Step 1: Materials
-A scanned image of the board. Figure out how to do this yourself or find one at boardgamegeek
Step 2: Cut Some Shapes
Before you go into your garage and start cutting, have a plan in mind. The board will be split in half and on the outside of our neat-o folding box. I wanted a little border on mine, so I made my pieces a little longer than was necessary.
I cut the plywood into two 7 1/4"x 10 1/2" sheets. Then I made four 10 1/2" strips and four 6 3/4" strips from the molding. Thats it for the cuttin.
Step 3: Front and Back of the Box.
To make the top and bottom, glue the molding together with the long pieces on the outside. Throw it in your handy dandy frame clamp and wipe off any glue boogers. Now leave it alone!
Good! After a few hours come back and glue the plywood backing on your frame. I added a few nails around the outside, but I don't think they were necessary. Now take your heavy stuff and put it on top of your little half box, and leave it overnight.
Oh, and do this twice. You're gonna want two halves.
Step 4: Sanding!
Step 5: Hinges and Magnets
Now its time to thing about the hinges. Because we want this thing to fold up right, you need to inlay the hinges a bit. Set your two halves side by side, lay your hinges in the middle, and trace the hinges. Now take your chisel and cut out enough so the hinge and be flush with the wood. You can go ahead and drill your pilot holes now, but wait until after you paint to put the hinges on.
For the closing mechanism, I decided to inlay some magnets. On one of your halves, drill a couple holes the size of your magnets and super glue the little suckers in there. You may want to scuff up the bottom of the magnet a little beforehand so it will stick a little better. On the other side of your box, screw in a couple wood screws for the magnets to catch on.
Step 6: Paint!
Take the halves outside and give them a few coats of paint on both sides. Don't worry too much on the outside of the box, because it will eventually be covered by the game board. While you wait for the paint to dry, head inside to make some trains.
Step 7: Make Some Pieces.
For the trains I used Scupley clay. If you know a better, less tedious way, please let me know. The train spots on the printout I am using are about 1/8" wide and 1/2" long, so thats what I made. First I rolled out the clay, then used my pizza cutter to make 1/2" strips. Then I eyeballed 1/8" strips and cut away. And cut away. And cut away. We usually only play with four people, so I only bothered making four colors of trains. But still, 45 of each train is a lot of trains.
After you do 45 of each of your colors, remember to make a little score marker (smushed ball). Set the oven to 275, throw them on a cookie sheet and let them bake for about 15 min.
Step 8: Make It a Board.
I took the image I got totally legally online, and split it in two with my photo editor. After I printed them out, I trimmed off all the edges.
Before mounting the cardstock, put the hinges on. This way you can make sure the board halves match up when you glue them on. Take the spray mount and glue your pieces on there.
Step 9: Clear Coat
Take the board and give it a few layers of clear coat. The will seal up the cardstock and make the whole thing nice and shiny.
Step 10: Play!
I bummed the cards from my full size game, but Days of Wonder sells replacement decks, so I will have to pick one of those up. Throw the trains in a few Ziploc bags, grab some rubber bands for the cards, and you're ready to go! Have fun! Hope you guys enjoyed my instructable!