Making A Tabletop Game

Like all of us the best day of my life was when I finally got to meet the reigning world champion of Quoridor: Microjig. Maker of the GRR-RIPPER. Work safer.Work smarter. Before I get started on this week’s project, I want to take just a moment to invite you all over to the brand new home of Woodworking for Mere Mortals, at This web site has been a long time in the making and I’m really excited about it because it lets regular people just like you post pictures of your own projects and like and comment on other peoples’ projects. It’s been up and running for a week now and there are already thousands of people involved. And I hope you’ll join in on the fun too. There are no subscription charges or fees for you to get involved. As always, Woodworking for Mere Mortals remains 100% free. I hope to see you over at I’m putting two blades together on my table saw to cut out grooves. I’m going to drop them down to about half the thickness of this plywood. I’ll move my rip fence one inch away.

Before I move the fence over, I’ll cut a groove in the other direction. Here I made a mark an inch over from that notch. And I want to slide this over for my next cut. Now I’m going to set up a registration system so that I don’t have to keep measuring for each cut. I cut out a thin hardwood strip that is the same size as the slots. I’m sliding that second slot that I cut over the blades. I can pull my fence back over to where it touches. And make sure it’s square. I’m hot gluing that strip into place. Now it’s just a matter of dropping each slot down onto that key and making as many cuts as I want. Now I can cut this down to a 9 x 9 grid. I’m using my miter sled to cut out the frame. To help me get tight fitting miters sing my miter sled I always mark the left and the right miter. That way they fit together perfectly. I glued together a couple of walnut boards and I’m going to see if I can turn the game pieces. Well, there’s a handy wood turning tip: When your piece breaks off of the lathe, you’re probably done. I am really not that good at a lathe. It took me a long time to turn all of these. And they are all different which makes it easier. I can’t imagine what it would be like tsay, turn 16 identical pawns for a chess set. I’ll round over the sharp edges of the game board on my router. I’m cutting out these thin strips for the walls. And finally, I’ll… well, you know. {Advertisement} Two to four people can play Quoridor. The object of the game is to get your piece from your side of the board to the opposite side of the board. Each player starts the game with their piece on the center square. You can move your pieces forward, sideways or backward. Just not diagonally.

When it’s your turn, you have the option of either moving your piece or placing a wall. You can’t jump over a wall so you’re forced to go around it and it becomes sort of a maze. The only thing that’s not allowed is you can’t completely block off a path to the other side. If this is your first time here, I’d like to take just a moment to welcome you to Woodworking for Mere Mortals. I post fun woodworking projects every Friday on this channel and I’d love to have you subscribe so you won’t miss a thing. If you’d like to make your own Quoridor game, check down in the description for a free set of plans. And again, I hope you will all join in on the fun at and post some of your own projects. And you can see all of my videos and all of my plans are all in one place over there. And you can sign up for the Me-Mo newsletter so you can stay informed on all things Mere Mortals. Thanks for watching, everybody. I’ll see you next week.