Welcome to the instructable on how to make weighted dice.
In this instructable, you will learn how to weight everyday looking dice to roll a number more often than it should be rolled otherwise. However, before we begin, do not use these anywhere where you are playing for money as it is cheating and the penalties can be quite harsh. Feel free to use these at board games with your friends such as Catan (when you really need that last brick), or Risk when that one man needs to hold off that entire army. Finally, I have found that no matter how heavily it is weighted it is never guaranteed to roll the number you want it to.
Step 1: Gather Materials
As is true with all projects, the first step is to gather the materials you will need.
These are the materials you will need...
- As many dice as you want to weight.
- A drill and drill bit slightly larger than what you are using as your weight.
- Your chosen weight (no larger than the pips on the die).
- Wood glue or super glue.
- Wood fill or a fill in paint marker that is the same color as the pips on the dice you are weighting.
- Paint that matches the color of the pips of the dice.
Step 2: Drill Holes in Dice
The first real step is to drill the holes that the weights will be inserted into. The holes should be drill into the opposite side of the side you want to show when you roll. If you want to roll a 6 you want to drill the hole into the one side. I would recommend using a vice to hold the dice still while you drill the hole(s).
- Secure the dice in a vice if you have one.
- Drill the hole into the pips of the opposite side you want to show while you roll. Make sure not to drill too deep or the weight will not help at all as it will be in the middle and weighting all sides.
- Note: If you are weighting a side with no pip in the middle (2 or 4) make sure you drill two holes on opposite ends so that the holes are diagonal. This will balance the weight so the more likely side is the one you actually want and not one of the other sides.
Step 3: Cut Weights to Size (Potentially)
If you have a weight that does not need to be cut then you can skip this step and move on.
The easiest way if you have a metal bar like I do, is to stick the hole thing in the hole and then use a marker to mark where the dice edge is on the bar. Then cut slightly below it so it can set in the dice and not stick out. Repeat as necessary for every pip.
Step 4: Insert Weights
Insert the cut weights into the drilled out pips. Then, you should squirt a little glue into the hole wiping any away that is on the face of the die and making sure it is not flush with the face of the die.
Step 5: Hide Evidence
This is the most important step because this way you won't get caught.
Using either the paint marker or the wood fill, cover up the weight and the glue, but making sure the indent looks the same as the other pips. Then using the paint, not the paint marker, paint over the wood fill or paint marker if the shade does not match until the pip that you drilled the hole in looks the same as the other pips in shade and depth.