This is the perfect game for all acorn lovers! A short ShopBot cut or some more manual work using wood band saw and a wood drill press (I made mine at the Techshop - www.techshop.ws). Make your sketch, cut it, sand it, and paint it. Then you're all set to collect some acorns and start playing. Stick the acorns in the holes, remove the trees, and start all over again...
Step 1: Make the Sketch
Make the sketch using your favorite vector program. I use flash, but other programs would do as well.
Step 2: Cutting the Design
This part you have to do somewhere that has a CNC machine. I did this at the Techshop (http://www.techshop.ws/index.html).
like any CNC job it has 2 parts:
1) you need to prepare your file for the CNC. I used the Vcarve software for that (I can send you the file and or the settings for the tools if you contact me directly)
2) print the file. I printed it on a 0.75' plywood using a 1/4' bit
Step 3: Sanding and Preparing for Painting
Sand the design and then coat the sides with duck-tape to prevent staining while you paint. You can sand the sides again in case it does get stained.
Step 4: Painting
I prefer acrylic paint for wood - paint a few layers and let it dry between each layer till you reach your preferred color.
Step 5: Collecting Acorns
Go to your nearest oak tree and collect some acorns!