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Wooden Board Game?

I posted over in plans and no one commented so I am posting here considering it will be about joints.

So I want to make a wooden board game.
I'm planning on the board being roughly ~12"x20" or something along those lines.
I would like to make it out of something nice like Mahogany along those lines.
This brings up the question where can I get a board like 24"x24" least 1/2" thick?
Or would it be better to get some 1x6 boards cut them to length and then biscuit joint and glue together?

I see that Home Depot sells plywood thats veneered but I'm probably going to route the edges and stuff
so solid boards seem like a far better choice to me.
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if you have the tools, yes you can glue up the boards to make a 12x20 panel. if not, a local cabinet shop can help you.


you really only need straight edged boards, glue and clamps. if you carefully align the edges, you can sand it flat with a ros or pad sander. it will take a planer to get the thickness down to 1/2". good luck.
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Yeah I just ordered clamps and a dewalt biscuit jointer tool.

I never thought about checking a cabinet marker for a panel.

My plan if I do boards with joints would be to run an 8ft board through a jointer to make sure it's flat, cut to size, biscuit joint and glue together. Sand surface down and finish it.
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Big Blue has glue-ups in various sizes. Even some round ones.


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I've been trying to answer ... but I seem to be experiencing the "slow site" problems complained about on another thread.
Find a "WoodCraft" store near you, if you can. It's the only place in my area that carries lumber other than pine.
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I posted over in plans and no one commented so I am posting here considering it will be about joints.

So I want to make a wooden board game.
I'm planning on the board being roughly ~12"x20" or something along those lines.
I would like to make it out of something nice like Mahogany along those lines.
This brings up the question where can I get a board like 24"x24" least 1/2" thick?
Or would it be better to get some 1x6 boards cut them to length and then biscuit joint and glue together?

I see that Home Depot sells plywood thats veneered but I'm probably going to route the edges and stuff
so solid boards seem like a far better choice to me.

You can always start with a piece of plywood and then wrap the edges with a strip of hardwood. This will give you a very flat board that you can still rout a decorative edge on. In the long run, this might be the most economical approach.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Not worried about economical.
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I'm very new to this, but I'm pretty sure biscuit jointing is way overkill for making a flat board. I just glued up a walnut panel that one 6" and two 3.5" boards - just lots of clamps and appropriate glue. I cut them down to five 12" x 12" table tops (ended up being a six foot board at 13" wide) and each one has had three huge hole saw cuts, a handle cut, routed edges, a couple drops (like accidentally onto the cement) and they're solid as steel at ~ .5" thick. The glue is stronger than the wood so unless there's going to be a lot of torsion (twisting weight) the biscuits are probably just a LOT of extra time for a joint that no one can see.
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