Ever heard of Quoridor? It’s a fun tabletop game of strategy that’s just as fun to make.
First, use your table saw to cut grooves in a piece of plywood about half the thickness of the wood. The parallel grooves should be about one inch apart. Before moving your wall to start the next parallel line, however, cut a groove in the other direction so you can start creating a crosshatch, checkerboard pattern of parallel grooves.
Mark an inch measurement next to the first cut so you’ll know where to start the next groove.
After you cut your second groove, there’s an easy way to cut the rest of the grooves without having to measure each one. Cut a strip of wood that’s the same width as your groove and glue it to your table saw at a distance of one inch from your blade.
Fit the strip of wood into the newest groove each time you make a new cut, and you’ll ensure that each new cut will be an inch away from the previous cut as you move your wall farther and farther from the blade.
Make the perpendicular lines in your game board the same way. You’ll end up with 1-inch-square squares.
You can make the game pieces on a lathe.
Be creative. The pieces don’t all have to match each other. Each piece can be one of a kind, reflecting your individual artistry and flair.
To finish off the game board, I’ll next make a frame using my handy miter sled.
This game board starting to look pretty nice, if I do say so myself!
Awesome game pieces.
Make the little walls that slide into the grooves between the game squares. Spray everything with varnish.
This project was not only fun to make, but Quoridor is a strategic game that’s really fun to play. A wonderful gift for your game-playing friends and family!
Warning! If you make this craft as a gift for someone, you might not want to give it away when it’s finished; you’ll want to keep it for yourself!
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