There are dozens of dice tower projects on the internet.
What sets mine apart is the see through front. I decided that I wanted to be able to WATCH the dice tumble down inside, so I used a piece of thin plexiglass for the front.
Step 2: Select and Prepare Stock
A dice tower is used by gamers to roll dice fairly. Dice are dropped into the top, and bounce of various platforms before rolling out the bottom. A tray at the bottom helps confine the dice so they don't roll off the table.
Step 3: Build the Tray First
I built the tray first. The tower needs to built later, so that it can be sized to fitinside托盘。
我用了我的woodgears box joint jigto make finger joints in tray bottom and ends. The ends are left long on purpose, to make it easier to clamp them in the jig.
With the tray finished, I now turned my attention to the tower part of the project.
More pieces of cherry and maple were trimmed to thickness and sized to fit inside the tray. I will be attaching a piece of plexiglass to the front of the tower, so I allowed for that thickness when ripping the maple strips to width.
I cut a 30-degree angle on the ends of some leftover pieces of the thin maple strips, and glued them into the tower. (Unfortunately the camera angle on this photo of the miter saw cuts is not the best!) These were just positioned by eye, so there are no measurements to tell you.
A piece of cherry was also fitted in for the bottom ramp, also at a 30-degree angle. For a bit of extra strength, I drilled some 1/8" holes on each side of the tower into the ramp, and then glued in some bamboo skewer pieces as reinforcing dowels.
For the final step in building the tower, a piece of plexiglass was cut to fit over the front. I taped it into position and drilled four holes through the corners into the front of the dice tower. This insures that all the holes will line up properly. The holes were then counter sunk, and the plexiglass was set aside.
Step 6: Lining the Tray
As a finishing touch, I cut a piece of black felt to fit inside the inner bottom of the tray. Note that the bottom of the tray had been covered by tape so it was NOT covered by lacquer during the finishing procedure.
I sprayed a coat of spray adhesive onto the back of the felt and then glued it into the tray.
And that is the end of the project. The tower stands up inside the tray when it is used. When you are finished, the tower lays down and fits inside the tray for storage. To use it, just drop the dice into the top of the tower, and watch them roll down.
Step 7: Photo Gallery of the Finished Project
Thanks for making it this far. If you feel I've earned it, please consider hitting the "vote" button in the top right to vote for this project in the "Woodworking" contest. (March/April 2017)
Step 8: Guidelines, Not Plans...
I tend to treat plans as guidelines, and rarely follow them to the letter. Even my own plans. I drew up these plans for the project, but I diverged from them quite a bit once I got into the shop -- the switch to using finger joints on the tray was a major change.
But here they are, for those who are interested.
Runner Up in the
You could say that about any hobby...
Amen, Wordsnwood! That's what hobbies are for, right?
And I'm jealous of other people's shops also. It's human nature! :-)
Very nice project. I have a children's group I work with and would like to make one (or more) of these for them. I would love to have dimensions I could follow.
I've added a step to the instructable with a copy of the plans that I drew up... but I treated them only as guidelines, even though they were my own plans.
It is important to take dimensions off of the actual project as it is built if you want it to fit nicely together.
My experiences of building that jig are here: http://www.wordsnwood.com/2013/boxjig/
However, Matthias, the creator of the jig, has an extensive video series on the jig here:https://woodgears.ca/box_joint/jig.html.
Beautiful! Love the nesting design and the castle on the back. Voted!
Thank you much for the kind words and the vote!