Intro: Custom Laser Cut Catan Board
I discovered this custom designed Settlers of Catan board on Kickstarter last year and knew I needed to support the project! For a donation, I got the files to assemble something I could laser cut on our Epilog. After arranging the files how I wanted (and creating a custom desert tile), I cut, sanded, and finished the piece in 1/4" pine. Then I backed the board with some awesome leather I found, using contact cement.
If I were to do this again, I would go for a thinner wood. I actually sampled a bunch of exotic woods to make the tiles out of, and would absolutely recommend that as well. I gave this board to my brother for his birthday, and as soon as I can carve out some time, plan to make another!
Shandy, the designer has done an amazing job of chronicling his project at boardcrafting.com. I highly recommend checking it out. You can buy a custom board there, or the files to make your own! I made this one at Techshop.