How to Make a Mancala Board

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If you have ever played mancala, you can admit it is a relatively simple, yet enticingly addictive game to play. Well now, with a few power tools and by following these simple steps, you can make your own mancala board.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood board (at least 1"x12")
  • Router (plunge or fixed)
  • sand paper
  • Varnish
  • Marbles or pennies

Making Your Own Mancala Board

Sand your board with sand paper, if it needs sanding. You will end up sanding it again, but this will help you smooth any overall surface defects on a flat surface.

Set your router to the desired depth in order to make the indentations in your board. Depending on the size of your board, this can be different for every board. For instance, if you have a board that is 1" thick, you will only want your indentation to be about 1/4" deep. Any deeper and you jeopardize the strength of the board.

Measure your board and divide it up so that you have 6 equal spots across your board over which to route your indentations/cups. in these measurements include the two end

Make sure that while measuring out these cups you account for equal spacing between the individual cups.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a nice uniqe board try a wood other than pine, such as oak. Also, the thickness of the board can make a big difference in how it looks.
  • Again, be careful with the router so as not to burn or crack the wood. It may take a few tries so practice on a scrap piece first. Always wear safety goggles.
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