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Subject: Building a Crokinole Board - what to do with the hole? rss

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Matthe Smit
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Hi - I was hoping that someone on this forum can advise me on the following:

I have been working on building my own Crokinole board. I have no history of making things, and people have told me before that I have two left hands (Dutch saying for when someone is not great a building stuff)

As such, I have surprised people with this project, and have been pretty happy with the results so far.

I have one remaining problem: the center hole in the board is too deep.
Other boards I have seen are much less deep so the disks don't get stuck.

Anyone has any suggestions?


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Cut a short length of dowel and glue it into the centre of the hole. This will both increase the height at which discs rest and allow you to raise an edge by pushing on the other.
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Matthe Smit
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That's a good one! Thanks!
 
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Depending on how much too deep, you might also try a furniture plug with a rounded top. I put one in the center of my board. Works like a charm.

Something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Darice-08640-Unfinished-Furniture-But...
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Chris in Kansai
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When I built my board I went to a home centre and bought a disk of cork which was quite a bit smaller than the hole and glued it in. The size difference makes it easier to get the game disks out.
 
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Matthe Smit
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Thanks for the suggestions!

So about the cork (and the dowel) solutions, both of you are suggesting that it's ideal if it's smaller than the hole itself, correct?

i.e. I think my hole is 3.5cm in size, the cork or dowel should be something like 3cm so you can get your fingers underneath? (or push the disk so it comes "loose" a bit)
 
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Riley Doyle
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One of the board making companies puts a drawer pull in the center hole. They're rounded on the top so you can get the disk out, and come in all sorts of designs.

http://www.hilinski.net/woodgames/howto/howto9.html
 
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A brass tack in the center would also work. Like the other suggestions above it would let you press down an edge of the disc to tilt it up for easy removal.
 
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Craig Blumer
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I'd try to think of something more compelling.

I put a foreign coin in the board's hole that I made.

You could do a glass bead, perhaps with a picture/image underneath.

How about an interesting button. Lot's of options.

 
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Matthe Smit
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hmmm. enough things to consider now
I really like the idea of something more creative, i.e. something transparent or a special stone of some sorts. It's been a lot of work to get to this point, might as wel I'll have to check what I have available.
Thanks everyone
 
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