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Christmas present
« on: December 13, 2009, 10:00:56 PM »
My wife wanted a game of marble solitaire for Christmas.  Since I had this big mill sitting around I decided to make her one.  As I don't have any woodworking equipment, I decided to use a 12" round butcher block for the game.  I made the layout in AutoCAD and ran the DXF file through LazyCam.  Since the board has two sides, I decided to make a Chinese checker game on the other side of the board.  I engraved "Merry Christmas Nancy 2009" around the top of the solitaire side of the board, but I did not mill quite deep enough so it is a little hard to read.  I plan on milling a pocket into the side of the board into which I can install a drawer for the marbles.   I used a 5/8" ball end mill for the solitaire side (it uses bigger marbles) and a 1/2" ball end mill for the Chinese checker side.  It was nice to be able to run a a very high speed and not have to worry about coolant.  The board is made out of teak.

Vince
« Last Edit: December 13, 2009, 10:02:39 PM by N4NV »

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Re: Christmas present
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009, 10:07:46 PM »
Vince,
Nice present.  Also nice to use CNC for all those holes.
Hmm.... Instead of a drawer, is the piece thick enough so you can just mill around the edge and create a pocket to store the marbles?
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Re: Christmas present
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009, 10:50:20 PM »
Vince,
Nice present.  Also nice to use CNC for all those holes.
Hmm.... Instead of a drawer, is the piece thick enough so you can just mill around the edge and create a pocket to store the marbles?
RICH
It's 2" thick, but I don't understand what you are describing.

Vince

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Re: Christmas present
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2009, 11:22:21 PM »
Mill or cut the equivilant of a T slot around the circumference.  ( instead of a T you would use a ball cutter ).Then you just put the balls in the one hole and maybe can make a small hinge to keep them in the slot. You can have different size slot for the different size marbles. Use a die grinder "ball" cutter.
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Re: Christmas present
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2009, 11:43:44 PM »
See sketch. You can buy the die grinding cutters in different diameters and will need rough ones for wood.
Also look around at woodworking stores or hardware and you will find circular brass blind hinges. This way your better half
can keep your marbles all together and will not loose them when she's done playing a game with them.  ;D
RICH
« Last Edit: December 13, 2009, 11:47:51 PM by RICH »

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Re: Christmas present
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2009, 12:18:12 AM »
It looks like I would need a 4th axis to do that.

Vince

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Re: Christmas present
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2009, 04:29:30 AM »
Really nice work Vince.

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Re: Christmas present
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2009, 12:30:31 PM »
Yup, looks real nice. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Christmas present
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2009, 12:37:03 PM »
I am not a wood guy, but that is realy nice !

JH

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Re: Christmas present
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2009, 12:08:26 AM »
I am not a wood guy, but that is realy nice !

JH
I'm not really a wood guy either which is why I had to use my big CNC mill to make the game board.  The nice thing about it though is I can set the speeds and feeds as high as the machine will go, unlike any metal I have worked on.

Vince