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Tonight, I'm planning to make a folding scoring board, using mat board and some full-size label stock. In the past, I've done something like this, and I made the board fold by simply slicing it in half, placing them back together, and then sticking a piece of packing tape down the seam. It works fairly well, but it didn't need to be anything fancy.

This one, though, I'd like to look a bit better. Is there some other material I could use to attach the two pieces of the board? It looks like professionally-made boards have a piece of thick cardboard (cardstock?) glued to the two pieces, and then a piece of linen cover the entire back of the board to further secure it. I don't want anything that fancy, but is there something I could use that would be more visually appealing than brown packing tape?

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Clear packing tape? laugh
 
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Buy a game at a thrift store and cut it down to size leaving the fold where you want it. I especially like Trivial Pursuit boards for this purpose.
 
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dominojones wrote:
Buy a game at a thrift store and cut it down to size leaving the fold where you want it. I especially like Trivial Pursuit boards for this purpose.

Good advice.

Failing that, I used to work in a production graphics studio, and when we had large posters that needed to be mounted and hinged, we'd simply score them and use tape for hinges (the heavy-duty, reinforced packing tape - you can get it in black, which will match many boards) as the OP described. It's on the back, so it's not visible - and it's cheap and done right, effective. I just saw one of my old posters from close to twenty years ago, still in use (albeit, a tad faded), so done right, longevity is not a problem.

There's other tricks and methods, but not as relevant to boardgames - unless you want to use very thick boards..
 
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My local thrift stores usually have the standard games for sale ... for about $8-15. yuk

I'll probably just use some book tape. It's strong.
 
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I prefer spray mounting paper hinges or cloth tape.
 
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Tesa cloth tape.
 
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Wouldn't the paper hinges tear after repeated use? I was looking for something a little tougher, to resist the tearing that may result from opening and closing the board. I have some clear book tape, which is just a thicker sort of packing tape.

I had thought of using card stock as the reinforcer, and applying it with adhesive spray, but was afraid that even the cardstock would fail, over time. I guess if I applied a cardstock hinge, and then covered the back with a thin piece of cloth, then that would hold up better, but I don't know that I have the skillz to pull that off. I'm not very mechanical.
 
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GeoMan wrote:
Tesa cloth tape.


Yeah, this crossed my mind, too (having repaired books at my first library job, I was familiar with most bookbinding techniques). I just need to see what the cost is for a roll of said tape. Also, I don't want to use something that's terribly obvious.
 
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You can get bookbinding tape at most scrapbooking stores. They usually have a good selection and you don't have to buy a whole roll. Might be worth a look.
 
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For what it's worth I usualy use Gaffers-tape for this type of application.

But I usually have rolls of it lying around from old jobs.

 
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verive wrote:
For what it's worth I usualy use Gaffers-tape for this type of application.


What the heck is Gaffers-tape?
 
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Verkisto wrote:
verive wrote:
For what it's worth I usualy use Gaffers-tape for this type of application.


What the heck is Gaffers-tape?


I belive black theater/DJ tape. If my memory serves me right.
 
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Two words:

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