An Improvised Backgammon Board

Backgammon boards are among the artistic game boards known to man. They usually come in classy designs and of costly materials. But if we want a make-shift board in case we can't find any around we can opt for a home-made backgammon board. Here's the simple procedure.

Get a wooden board, about a half or ¾ inch in thickness. Cut this to the size we want, like 40 by 15 inches. Or we may opt for smaller sizes. We need con-tact paper, a sharp craft blade, a cutting mat, a long ruler (at least with 12 inches and the centimeter counterpart), some pencils, bond paper, enough pieces of sandpaper (different grains) for smoothing the board size we chose, spray-painting box, and a spray for painting.

We will also need some wood sealer—preferably glossy or matte—a tack cloth, , a roll of masking tape (a painter's roll of tape will do), 1-inch dowels, and a power saw. Now we're ready to make our home-made backgammon board. Here are the procedures.

We first start with the wooden board—we sand it using fine grain sandpaper. Then we wipe clean the surface sanded with our tack cloth. Put the board in the spray-painting box (cardboard box would do) that stands on its end to avoid over-spraying. We choose a base color for the board and spray. Try gold. When dry, we seal the paint.

Trace the board on paper to its actual dimension. Use this to draw the triangular points proportionately to size. Then trace the points on the con-tact paper and cut. Cut on top of a cutting mat with the blade or a sharp cutter. The idea is to put the cut-out points (and other designs) on the wooden board and attach them by removing their backing. Once attached on their proper places on the board we spray-paint the board with another color—probably red or yellow—for background.

The con-tact paper we shaped as points (and other designs) and attached on the board will serve to cover such portions from the sprayed paint. Anything we want to paint on the board we spray on and any portion we want untouched by the sprayed paint we cover using shaped con-tact paper. Use the masking tape to cover borders and the bar. The dowels we saw to size as checker pieces and then spray-painted.

When everything gets dry and sealed we have our home-made backgammon board. And what could be better and more precious than this?

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