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My work has a bin near the entrance labeled "Free Binders". Most of these binders are either broken or have a cover that makes it hard to reuse (did we really need to pay to have "East Region Marketing Meeting, 2009Q4" put on the cover of so many binders?). I took a few home a few weeks ago figuring I'd reuse them the best I could

I've found that the board in these binders is really easy to cut out, and that some of the big older binders use really thick cardboard. The board is usually held in the binder by a latex pocket.


I found a few binders where the board was glued inside the latex pocket (why, I'm not sure), but usually I could just cut around the edges to get it out.


As said before, sometimes this board can be really thick, making it pretty difficult to cut. To cut, I needed to score it over and over in the same spot, using a metal straight edge as a guide.


You should be able to tell how thick the board in the binder will be before cutting, though I've found that the thickness is pretty variable between binders. Some use really thin board, but I've found the older binders usually had the thicker stuff. Here's the end haul after reclaiming the cardboard from three binders.


So... what to do with all this board? How about using a few boards to make a dice tower!

After planning it out for a few days, looking at other dice towers, and drawing a few sketches, I drew up some plans using the measurements I wanted. It's important to be sure there is enough space between the baffles for your dice to fit through (yay math!).


That tool next to the box cutter? I use it to create grooves in the board so that it folds without breaking. First put two light cuts (not all the way through) a few millimeters apart from where you want the board to fold. Then use this tool to gough out the groove.


I imagine a letter opener will work just as well. Just remember, you don't want to go all the way through. You don't want the corner that you will be creating to split, so test folding at the groove a few times: if the groove isn't deep enough (you feel you need to force the board into bending), take out another layer. You should be able to do this without the card splitting at the corner:


I've used this method to make boxes for diy games and they've turned out really nice.

Then I cut slots in the sides for the baffles and a "mouth" for the tower, and wrapped the board in paper.


At this stage, when cutting the baffles and the back of the tower, I frequently tested that my measurements were alright by holding it together with all the pieces in place.

After being sure all the baffles fit firmly in their slots, I put the back on and wrapped it in glue sticked paper. End product: a dice tower ready to be "decorated" by my girls.


It's holding up very well and the girls love using it. It makes rolling a bunch of dice (like in Pickomino) much easier for little hands: no more rolling (or accidental throwing in our case), just dropping the double-fisted handful into the top
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That's great! Can we see the decorated version?
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That came out really nicely. You have very good construction techniques.
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You should consider taking the easy elegance of the final cut out to someone for production, and make some money off of this.

The post cut out parts scream for a simple build dicetower kit to be sold to the masses.

Exceptional design and product.
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Great job reusing someone else's garbage!
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That is one of the best sources of thick cardboard/chipboard.
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wow... Thanks for all the thumbs, gg, and comments!

kaec wrote:
That's great! Can we see the decorated version?

I'll definitely post an update after my girls are done with it

Wilhammer wrote:
You should consider taking the easy elegance of the final cut out to someone for production, and make some money off of this.

The post cut out parts scream for a simple build dicetower kit to be sold to the masses.

If I get some time, I'll try to put together a template for all the pieces that are needed. If some enterprising individual wants to use it for mass production... awesome.
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That is an awesome idea. I saw a show not that long ago about a simple fabrication company that helped artists and specialist produce simple cutouts like this. The cutouts were created and mailed from a bunch of places around the world and were made upon order so you only paid to have your design uploaded and available. I wish I could remember more, but maybe you could google it. It was kind of a grassroots thing. THe guy started in Australia I believe and was increasing production sites in California.
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I like it, brother.
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Damn! Why did I throw those binders away?

Seriously, fantastic job.
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EXCELLENT GREEN TIP !!!

ALSO good about RE-PURPOSING Binders = A great source for aquiring chip board for homemade TOKENS !!!
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I had no clue what a dice tower was until I wandered in here. This is an EXCELLENT idea and a great project!
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Good job!
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Nice, indeed!

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Could you tell me how you glued the back?
I can see that you have the 3-folded piece and the back side on separate sheet of board... But how did u put it together goo

Also, what glue are you using for gluing boards together?

Love the tower, also love the fact that it is very easy to decorate, paint, draw on the thing ))
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orange_wacko wrote:
Could you tell me how you glued the back?
I can see that you have the 3-folded piece and the back side on separate sheet of board... But how did u put it together

Also, what glue are you using for gluing boards together?

None of the board pieces are really glued together. Instead the pieces are "taped" together using paper that is covered on one side with glue from a gluestick. Basically all the paper covering the tower acts like giant pieces of tape.

The baffles are held in on their sides by their slots and at their top, where they meet either the front or back side of the tower, by a piece of gluestick paper tape.


In this image two baffles are shown with the piece of paper that will cover the top of the baffle. The end of the paper that is folded in the pic will wrap under the "lip" of the baffle, with the other long end of the paper attaching the baffle to the front or back board.

The back is held on by a piece of paper tape that covers the back and two sides of the tower, and the tape from the top and bottom baffles. When surrounding the tower with this paper tape, I used a few small pieces of masking tape to hold it all together while I worked.

It's a lot more sturdy than it might sound as this paper tape hold things very firmly in place.

If the sturdiness of the back still worries you, you could cut divots for the back board to rest in. Extend each end of the 3-sided board (the two sides where it would meet the back board) by the thickness of the board you are using. From these extended areas, cut out "divots" in the middle of each, leaving an inch of the extended area at the top and bottom of each side. Then cut inch long notches in the top and bottom of each side of the back board so that each side fits in these "divots". This would prevent the back board from moving either up or down, but wouldn't prevent the board from moving "away" from the tower (if that makes sense).

That said, I really don't think movement in any direction is going to be a problem after putting the paper tape around the tower... even without the divots.

Hopefully I'm making sense... If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask

EDIT: we just got a new camera (yay! no more using my cell's camera!) so I'll try to take a few more pics showing specifics.
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Okay thanks
i wish you had the pictures of how you did the back, too

appreciate the tutorial, i will try to make my own soon

Also, just an idea, as an illustrator, I might "draw" for you a step-by-step process and make PDF from it, so people can download and print instructions. This way we can add more illustrations of the making. I know you can't take more pictures of the process, because the tower is ready but you could draw roughly and send those drawings to me or post here on BGG.

I just love the tutorial, I think it is very simple and sturdy structure.
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orange_wacko wrote:
Could you tell me how you glued the back?
I can see that you have the 3-folded piece and the back side on separate sheet of board... But how did u put it together

Also, what glue are you using for gluing boards together?

None of the board pieces are really glued together. Instead the pieces are "taped" together using paper that is covered on one side with glue from a gluestick. Basically all the paper covering the tower acts like giant pieces of tape.

The baffles are held in on their sides by their slots and at their top, where they meet either the front or back side of the tower, by a piece of gluestick paper tape.


EDIT: we just got a new camera (yay! no more using my cell's camera!) so I'll try to take a few more pics showing specifics.
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