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Four Way Tic-Tac-Toe

#3753 by john » Thu May 17, 2007 8:59 pm

For those of you who are interested, here are a few instructions for making this game. I don't have any plans so this is basically from memory, (something I go through every time I make some.)

The Base:
- The base is a 7 1/8" square of 1 1/4" thick pine.
- Round over the top edges using a 1/4" or 3/8" router round over bit.
- Drill four rows of four 5/16" holes, 1/2" deep, centered 1 1/2" apart
- Apply your choice of finish to the base before inserting dowels.

- Cut sixteen posts from 5/16" dowel, approximately 4 1/2" long
- Verify the actual length by putting four balls on a dowel and adding 1/2" for the depth of the hole and 1/4" for extra on top.
- Sand a slight round over on each end of each dowel.
- put a little glue in each hole and insert the posts.
- I usually do not finish the posts but they can be if desired.

- The balls are 1" in diameter with a 3/8" hole drilled through.
- A total of 66 balls are required, 32 of each colour for the game and one extra of each to allow for loss.
- I usually leave one set natural in clour but finished with two coats of a paste vanish.
- The second set I usually stain either walnut, cherry or mohagany but either set can be any colour as long as they are different.
- To aid in drying and finishing, I put a 48" length of dowel at a sharp angle in my vice or workmate, and place each ball on it as it is coloured.
- Final finishing is two coats of clear gloss spray finish (both sets) while the balls are still on the long dowel.

That's about it. If anyone has any questions, let me know by a post or PM.

Have fun!



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#3764 by manvelar » Fri May 18, 2007 10:25 am

Thanks a bunch!


[font="Comic Sans MS"]Andy[/font]

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#3765 by scottss » Fri May 18, 2007 11:02 am

Did you turn the balls? If so what was the procedure and how did you drill the holes in the balls? This project looks fun and worthwhile.

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#3774 by john » Fri May 18, 2007 4:54 pm


I purchased the balls from a craft supplier (Stockade) here in Canada for about $0.15 each. I have not looked for any U.S. suppliers so cannot make any suggestions. I believe Stockade will ship to the U.S.

hope this helps


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