I will show you a cheap and easy way to create a playing surface to hold your tiles together and allow you to easily move your game.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
**MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RIGHT SIZE FOAM BOARD!**
I first looked at Wal-mart and the foam board they had was too small. I found the appropriate size at Meijer.
What you will need:
2. Foam Board x 2 (22in. x 28in)
3.Settlers of Catan Tiles
4. X-acto Knife (Cutting Matt)
6. Glue or other type of adhesive
7. Soda cans or something to use as weights
Step 2: Arrange the Tiles on the Foam Board.
Arrange 7 tiles in the center of the first piece of foam board. I arranged these length wise. I used a ruler to get the tiles equal distant from the edges of the foam board. In my example here, it was ~77mm and ~235 mm from the edges. I then applied the soda cans to keep the tiles in place. I then assembled the remaining tiles.
Step 3: Trace an Outline Around the Tiles
Once I centered the tiles on the board, I then used a pencil to trace an outline. The cans add weight and help the tiles to stay in place while you trace the outline.
Step 4: Finish Marking and Trimming Excess
I added additional lines to achieve an even border. I also drew sort of an oval to allow easy removal of the lid later. With all the marks made, I carefully used an X-acto knife to cut all the marks.
Step 5: After Making Your Cuts
Once all the cuts are complete, you should have two pieces. The center piece you can save for later if you would like a lid for your board. The lid maybe useful for storage and transport.
Step 6: Marking & Trimming the Bottom Board
I then centered the border piece on top of the second piece of foam board. Once in place, I marked the edges. I then trimmed off the excess from the second (bottom) piece.
Step 7: Glue the Pieces Together
I then glued the border piece onto the bottom piece together. I used multiple cans to add weight while the glue dried.
Step 8: Enjoy the Finished Product
Once finished you will have an inexpensive board to help keep your tiles in place while you play. Game on!