Scrabble: The reason I backed the Glowforge campaign 5 years ago

I grew up playing Scrabble with my family, and love the game. When I discovered the Glowforge campaign back in 2015, I had an idea for a custom Scrabble board made entirely from high end materials like hardwood.

It wasn’t until this year that I had a shop with the rest of the tools I needed, along with enough time, to make this a reality.


This will be a Christmas gift for my parents. The structure of the board is baltic birch plywood. The lattice for the grid is walnut vaneer, the tiles are maple vaneer, the scoring multipliers are mahogany, cherry, and walnut. Letters are maple. All in all this tool about 8 weeks to design, cut, assemble, and finish.

The board features a drawer for the tile holders, a rotating base, and the entire structure is veneered in walnut.

Edit: In case anyone wanted to source similar materials, I bought all of the wood at Rockler. The grid was cut from 5" wide, 1/8" thick walnut, the game tiles were from the same but in Maple. The board squares were from 1/16" veneer packs, which were less delicate than the standard >1/32" veneers.