Building a no-frills no-nonsense dice tower.
Simple how-to instructions for building your own basic dice tower. There's not much to say as an intro. Start building. At least now there's a plan to follow
Materials and tools used
~2.4m of wood batten. Required length is relative to the width of the material. The material I used was 4.8cm wide, 0.8cm thick.
Piece of felt cloth (20cm x 11cm) if wanted
Saw (30/45/60 angles required, miter saw (sp?) is a nice tool)
clamp vice * 2
Drill with a hole cutter (or make the front opening using a saw)
Tower and box
8 * 19cm
Six pieces are used for constructing three 9.6cm x 19cm pieces. (Two for the tower, one for the box bottom)
Two single strips are used for the tower side walls.
Note: if the width of the material is x, then the lengths of the pieces can be modified to reflect the original proportions by multiplying them with x/4.8. Eg. if the width of the batten is 6cm, then the 8 pieces should be 6/4.8 * 19 = 23.75cm. Of course the proportions can also be a bit different should you so decide.
2 * 20.6cm pieces, ends cut to 45 degree angle
2 * 11.6cm pieces, ends cut to 45 degree angle
The measurements should be a couple millimeters larger if the bottom felt piece is used.
Note: if the tower pieces are of different length of the original measurements, so should be these. The total length of a long side should be the same than the tower height PLUS two times the thickness of the material. Box ends should be two times ( width + thickness). And then ends cut to 45° angle.
The inner workings
2 * 5cm pieces for the inner slopes, ends cut to 30 degree angle (parallel)
1 * 5cm x 8cm piece for the bottom slope. Assembled from a couple of 5cm pieces. Other 8cm side cut to 30 degree angle.
Note: scale appropriately if necessary.
Measures of the pieces and positioning the inner slopes are on a file available at the files section.
Dice tower blueprints
The parts. The three wide parts plus the box frame already assembled. The fancy felt piece is missing.
Assembling the tower after the front opening has been drilled. Position the front wall on top of the tower, check that it fits nicely. Apply glue and pressure.
After the tower front wall has dried, fit the bottom slope - now the tower is "ready"
Measuring a piece of felt for the box. The piece should be a few millimeters larger than the bottom piece.
Fitting the floor to the box frame
No glue is necessary (at least not at this point if you want to paint the frame). Just press the bottom piece to the frame so that the felt tightens into it's place.
Dice tower ready
Tower closed. Tower fits nicely into the box.
Thats all folks.
- Last edited Fri Apr 8, 2011 9:31 pm (Total Number of Edits: 4)
- Posted Thu Mar 3, 2011 7:31 pm
Awesome! I've been wanting to make one of these, your design looks good.
With a good finish the tower can look this nice. Couldn't make a better one myself...
(done by Christophe Vain)
fantastic, that's my next project sorted.