Nine Men's Morris Board


#1

Here’s another design I threw together over the weekend.

It’s a board for playing Nine Men’s Morris. This is a game the dates back to the Roman Empire. If you don’t know about this game, you can read up on it here:

Here is the board:

Here is the board with playing pieces on it:

Here are the cut files:

cut3_squarepieces_onequarter.pdf (2.3 KB)
cut2_base_oneeight.pdf (1.0 KB)
all.pdf (8.6 KB)
option_cut5_border_onequarter.pdf (1.3 KB)
cut4_roundpieces_onequarter.pdf (2.1 KB)
cut1_raster_score_oneeight.pdf (2.6 KB)
cut1_oneeight.pdf (4.4 KB)

If I had my GF right now, here is how I would cut it.

  1. I would raster the yellow circles in cut1_raster_score_oneeight.pdf in 1/8" thick in wood.
  2. I would score the blue circle lines (vector at low power so they don’t cut through) in the same file on the same piece of wood (don’t move the piece).
  3. I would cut that piece of wood using the black lines in cut1_oneeight.pdf.
  4. I would do step 1-3 on a different type of contrasting wood (or I would remove the path portion from what I just cut, stain it dark and put it back in place.)
  5. I would cut the base in cut2_base_oneeight file in some solid type of 1/8" wood (plywood or MDF or something that will not warp).
  6. I would cut the border piece out of 1/4" piece of wood, so the border is raised 1/8 from the board once it is glued on.
  7. I would glue everything to the base.
  8. I would then cut the game pieces (cut3 and cut4 files) out of black and white 1/4" plastic.

But feel free to cut/raster/score it however you see fit. The file all.pdf contains the whole design, so you can play with it as you see fit.


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#2

Love it! Will definitely be trying this!


#3

Awesome! I’ll be making this one too when the time comes! :relaxed:


#4

Omigosh! This took me back to my youth. My dad made one of these (not sure where he got the little pegs for the holes) by hand…making the holes with a drill, painting on the lines, and then putting a sealant over that. He taught us this game when we were kids, and I sill have his little handmade version out in our RV. Now I am inspired to at least get it out and relearn how to play it. We called it the Mill game. Thanks so much for sharing this.


#5

It’s hard to realize that this is a render. Excellent design! Thanks for modeling good project skills and process steps.


#6

Fusion 360 does a great job of rendering models.


#7

This is terrific! I need to find someone to teach me to play. :slight_smile:


#8

I went to the link on Wikipedia and copied/pasted the instructions for playing the game, which as children we called Mill. Now, I can relearn to play and teach my grandsons. You would love the game, if you ever have the time. :slight_smile:


#9

I’m sure a bunch of people on these forums would be willing to teach you…For a price. :wink:


#10

Or trade :smile:


#11

Slightly tangental - I listened to this story eagerly awaiting an appearance by Robot Turtles (no dice). But still an excellent case for keeping a Glowforge around.
http://www.npr.org/2016/07/24/484356521/amid-board-game-boom-designers-roll-the-dice-on-odd-ideas-even-exploding-cows


#12

This looks great! I bet you could make a great Tak board/set! Definitely look it up - people have been making some nice-looking sets. I guess it all started here - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cheapassgames/tak-a-beautiful-game but the rules are freely available online.


#13

Great idea. My 8-year-old son and I play all the time on mobile. Sometimes (rarely) we draw a board and use pennies and dimes. This’ll be way more fun and we can totally customize everything.