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Contest Entry: Wooden Marble Game Set

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joshua blom

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joshua blom

General Information

I have always had this idea rolling in my head about wanting to build some type of marble game to take with me to holiday parties with my family that loves games. There is always the hassle with keeping the marbles with the game and losing them so I found a way to put 3 games and storage into 1 box.

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Material Description Price
Hard Maple

Hard Maple (×2)

6" × 12" × 1/2" Hard Maple




6" × 12" × 1/2" Walnut

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Find material in bin to make a beautiful wooden game board

I found a beautiful piece of maple that had some slight curly figure in it for this build. Sandwiched in with a little walnut, this scrap will become a great game set.


Design in Easel

30 minutes

Of all my time at the computer, this is what likely took the longest to get all the spacing the best and fitting within the requirements; but man am I glad I took the time. It turned out great.


Carve and wait

45 minutes

With the conservative settings that I ran with this, it took quite some time to cut through it, but I am very satisfied with the cut quality and smoothness that the pockets made.


Everyone's Favorite, Sanding

I must have previously used this board because it was already pretty smooth from my drum sander, so all I needed to do was knock down all the little fuzzies and soften the edges.



10 minutes

Line up the blocks with the mancala board to the inside (better area to store the pieces). Be sure to make sure that all the pieces are oriented correctly before drilling!


Spray Lacquer

I put on 2 light coats of spray finish to give it a nice shine, but also to protect it during play.



I have attached the rules for Mancala, marble solitaire, and the impossible triangle.


Marble Solitaire

Impossible Triangle (Cracker Barrel Triangle)