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Post #1 Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 8:30 am 
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Hey all, new here to the forums and to go. I love random woodworking projects and thats why I originally was attracted to go. However I started reading up on the game and playing some online and really enjoyed it. I am trying to start a club in my area so I made a few boards and figured I'd share. I made a pine 19x19, and 13x13 as well as a red oak 19x19 and 9x9

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Welcome!

I see you have constructed a new light goban.
Your skills are now complete. Indeed, you are powerful!


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Post #3 Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 1:18 pm 
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Hello, those are some beautiful boards!


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Post #4 Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 1:20 pm 
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Thanks! Now I just have to find some people to play on them with me ;)

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Post #5 Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 6:25 pm 
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Hope you find your players! If beautiful boards like that don't lure them in, what will? :D I envy your woodworking skill.


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Post #6 Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 7:28 pm 
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Realized I left out my 9x9 red oak.

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Post #7 Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 5:35 am 
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Your boards look incredible. And a warm welcome as well from me to this incredible game. Love your work! Let me know if you ever have any questions about the game or related material and I'll be happy to help!

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Post #8 Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 5:56 am 
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Would you like to share the way you did them? I am thinking of making some boards myself, would be interesting to read the methods you used.


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Post #9 Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 9:23 am 
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Sure, here is a write-up I did on the baduk subreddit:

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I used the measurements here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_equipment#Board

Bought a pine "stair tread" at home depot for about $11. Then I cut, sanded and coated it with polyurethane. I drew in the lines with permanent marker and T-sqaure after the first coat dried and gave it another coat of poly. I used the inside of a washer to make consistent star points. Routed in some inset for a hinge to attach the two halves (though this isn't necessary, its perfectly playable to just push the two halves together). Lightly sand the top to smooth out the poly coat.

All things said and done I could have spent about the same amount on a cheap beginner set at a store or online, but I really hate that most of them in the $30 price range are done on particle board and have plastic pieces. This let me have two size boards of solid wood and these stones for under $30 total: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Y9 ... UTF8&psc=1

There are also red oak stair treads available for about $28 that I may use for my next one.


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Post #10 Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 9:25 am 
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I'm also tempted to use old pallet wood and make a 'reclaimed' board from that. It would require a bit more work and some wood glue, but would probably yield a pretty cool looking board.


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Post #11 Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 11:56 am 
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Nice boards, good work. :tmbup:

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Post #12 Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 2:02 pm 
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Is there a reason the 9x9 doesn't have the Tengen spot?

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Post #13 Posted: Sat May 31, 2014 9:27 am 
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Actually the flip side of the 9x9 has one with the tengen. Having never seen a real-life 9x9 board I just didn't see the point as its pretty obvious where the center is. Easy to add though :)

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Post #14 Posted: Sat May 31, 2014 10:50 am 
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Actually the flip side of the 9x9 has one with the tengen. Having never seen a real-life 9x9 board I just didn't see the point as its pretty obvious where the center is. Easy to add though :)

9x9 boards don't really have a single standard. I have seen 9x9 boards that lack tengen like yours. Ones that only have tengen. And ones that have all 5 points.

The only standard go board star points are for the 19x19 boards. 13x13, 9x9, and other sizes vary from maker to maker.

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Post #15 Posted: Sat May 31, 2014 11:04 am 
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Cool, thanks for the info!

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Post #16 Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:47 pm 
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Great job, nice boards.

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Post #17 Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:26 pm 
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Very well done. You made some beautiful boards.

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Post #18 Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:54 pm 
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I guess I missed this first time round. If the original poster is still around I have a question.

They do look like nice boards, but as soon as I saw them I noticed that the grain looked to be running the wrong way. It this just the camera angle? The grain should run parallel to the longer side.

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Post #19 Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:19 pm 
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Those boards are really beautiful! Keep up the good work!

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Post #20 Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:03 am 
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Thanks for the tip, DrStraw, thats something I did not know! The pine board grain is a little less obvious in its direction, but you are correct that especially the red oak grain doesn't follow the longer lines. Next time I will keep that in mind ;)

I'm actually trying to sell these boards on Etsy so I can start making nicer/more polished ones as I've come up with more efficient methods since I made these. They aren't perfect but they did come out nicer than your typical particle board goban.

Candid feedback is always welcome. :)

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