Build the Board

Cut out two 11" square blanks from 3/8" thick plywood. I used Baltic birch plywood because there are fewer voids between the layers. The thin plies also result in an attractive appearance on the exposed edges, eliminating the need to glue on strips of solid wood.

The plans show the layout of marble holes on the top blank. Mark these on your game board piece. Also mark the centre point of the four large, circular corner wells that are used to store discarded marbles. Drill the pattern of uniformly spaced marble holes on the drillpress using a 1/2"-diameter brad point or Forstner bit. These bits drill clean holes with minimal splintering around the lip.

Chuck a 2 1/2"-diameter hole saw in the drillpress, and bore the large corner marble wells

Head over to the router table and use a 45/ bearing-guided chamfer bit to bevel the top edges of the game board and the perimeter of the round marble wells in the corners.

Glue the game board to the base panel. Sand lightly with 220-grit paper and apply a few protective coats of polyurethane. Now, you’re ready to play.

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