I haven't played these games for a long time but recently thought that they would be good games to teach the grandkid. We don't have a board in the house here though so how could I teach her Draughts/Checkers...I know. I'd make the game, using whatever I had around here.
What did I have around here? ummm, Some lids from husbands Coke habit, cardboard box, a no longer needed wooden lid...
First off I had to choose my weapon. OK, not a weapon but a saw to use. So many and I had no idea which would be best so tried a few and decided on a pretty red one.
Get the lids to make sure that the board was the right size. I seem to have plenty of red ones but will need to look for some other colours as I need 12 of each.
I found a spraycan of silver paint so decided that I wanted a silver board. A couple of coats of paint, measure up so I have 9 squares and there you, or in this case I, have it. A TicTakToe board. And as you can see below, I beat myself so I won.
The draughts side was harder, I had to use my brain and work out how big the squares needed to be to fit in 64 same size ones. Managed that and used a permanent marker to draw them in.
I was going to colour the squares in with a marker but couldn't find the thick one I wanted so thought that paint would work just as well even if it did mean a bit more work. I found some black paint but not the foam brush I wanted. Husband suggested a stamp and made me one from a potato. It worked OK so with using that and a small brush I now have a finished game-board. I have since found the foam brush, hohumm, not sure why I don't put things away where they go.
It's a long way from being perfect. A long way from being good but it will do what I want it to and it is finished and usable. If I waited for perfect the grandkid would have a job and could buy one.
I have a black drawstring bag that I got from the free market and this board and all the pieces fit in that. The bigger board that I intend making will also fit as will the chess pieces so that free bag that I was unsure what to use for will be a bargain buy for sure.
I have an idea on making the chess pieces so might work on those over the next month or so. I'm going to make a bigger board as well, one that will use lids from milk bottles. It saves stuff from the rubbish, gives me something to do and will keep me off the streets.