Monthly Book Giveaway - January 2023

Domino Box

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Could work for Festool dominos, but intended for game pieces....

Walnut and QSWO scraps, 3/8" thick walls, interior storage for a "Double 12" domino set (91 pieces + instructions).
The lid handle and corners are jatoba with maple splines.
Finish is a cut of bullseye shellac topped with some rattle can Minwhacks satin poly (love the nozzle on these cans!)

The MIL is always choosing oddball gifts for us, usually garage sale items. One year I opened this, a set of dominoes in a format I never knew existed. The wife and I don't really play but I decided I wanted something better than the metal tin they came in.

I mulled the box over for a few years, never thinking up something appropriate until I saw a version made by ppworkshop on another site.

Perfect! I only made a few slight changes, but kept the wood combo. The box joint style was the "game changer" that I was searching for.

Simple construction with some pain-staking precision with the cuts for it all to go together well. I actually drew up a plan since there were so many dimension details to keep track of.

The top handle has a recess for a domino and the lid provides a "hub" for various game versions (I'm a complete noob on domino games, only ever used them to line up and push over)

The side strips are 1" wide, but for the lid to fit nicely I cut the longer top strips 1/16" narrower (15/16") and the shorted strips 1/16" wider. This allows for the interlocking pieces to just fall together with the 1/32" gap on each side. If I do it again, I'd reduce the gap by half.

The corners are a nice way to pimp the box out some and allow a table saw cut groove for the plywood bottom. No need for stopped cuts since the corner posts cover them up. Splines for strength.

The roundover on the edges let me spend some quality time at the router table with a 1/8" roundover bit 8^)

Thanks for looking!

15 Comments

cool domino box splint.too bad you missed the box contest !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Awesome box, SplinterGroup! I like the wood combination and how the exterior shapes mirror what's inside.

cool domino box splint.too bad you missed the box contest !

Thanks Pottz. You are only allowed one entry into the box contest and I already placed my bet 8^)
Good to hear Ron, I like it when I can match up a box on the outside with what is inside (beats a sharpie label when you can do it).

That is one cool box, fit for the purpose, the wood choice is excellent. bet it was a bit of a challenge to glue up with the different lengths. Well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Neat box!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Thank you Eric & Ryan 8^)

For glue up alignment I just used scrap pieces at 3/8" thick to space over the short pieces and ran a straight caul against the side and scraps. Drum sander hides all the sins of surface alignment and glue blobage.
That’s a good looking box. Well done
Super cool display box splint. It would make me think of dominos by looking at it. The soft curves give it that extra touch.
Very neat!  I didn't know there were various versions of games.  Just played "basic" version with my mom as a kid, and of course, like you I lined them up to knock down.  
Clever design - and great looking too!
Thanks Corelz/DJ!

BB, I'm wondering if the question: "Do you play dominos or just line them up to watch them fall?",  would be a good counselor question for kids to help determine their career choices?

Seems crafts people like building stuff from other stuff versus playing by the "rules" 8^)
BB, I'm wondering if the question: "Do you play dominos or just line them up to watch them fall?",  would be a good counselor question for kids to help determine their career choices?
I just hope kids still line them up (rather than just video games!!).  Thankful for growing up pre-tech.  
That is a wonderful box.  I really like the design.

"That is not only not right; it is not even wrong" - Wolfgang Pauli

Nice work splint..

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.