OK. So I finally have got everything together for an update. I’m nearly done! It’s been quite difficult to get everything JUST right.
Some things that I learned:
- If you are making more than the basic game you really want your tile pieces to be at most 1/8th of an inch thick, especially if you are going to put felt on the back of the pieces.
- If you are making the boarders and intend to expand at any point to include the seafaring edition, you cannot put felt on the back of the boarders (the boarders are flipped upside down for Sea Farers
- If you are making the boarders with the intention of the seafarers extension, you CANNOT make them with the pieces to lock them into the other resource tiles (flipping them over also flips the “tabs” and they won’t connect (ask me how I know…)
- If you are not putting felt on the back of the boarders, you should make them 1/4 inch thick to compensate.
- This project is harder than I first thought, especially since I decided to expand it.
Here are a few pictures of the tiles in the middle of being finished:
Check out the difference that applying the finish does! The one on the right is pre-lacquer, the one on the left is post-lacquer.
And of course I decided to make it even more difficult and make a box to hold it all in.
I’ve got a few things to add to the box (handles, corner and edge protection pieces). Then I have to decide if I’m going to make the player pieces (roads, settlements, cities, walls, knights, ships) and either paint them or make them out of 6 differently colored woods.
Welp, that’s my latest update on the Catan Board. Need to get this completely finished by Thanksgiving.