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ojannen

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This got long and rambly so tl;dr: I am making wooden tiles to replace cards in Saboteur and I want the tiles to be heavier.

I am considering doing a diy project to upgrade games with small decks that need to be shuffled constantly. This would be a similar idea to the diy version of Dominion I have seen floating around. My plan is to replace the game cards with weighted wooden tiles roughly half the size of playing cards. The first step is a trial run of about 15 tiles to replace the role cards in Saboteur. I would love to do something similar for Mr. Jack or even Roborally.

I have access to a small computer controlled laser cutter and I have some experience putting together and finishing wood. The laser cutter is limited to cutting wood about 1/4" thick. My plan is to layer 3-4 pieces of wood to get something about the height of a Mah Jong tile and about 2 times the size.

The part that I am unsure is the weight of the wood. I find the lightness of wooden game pieces very unsatisfying. For me, Settlers of Catan would be a much better game if each house, road, or city required real effort to pick up and set down on the table.

I am considering using the laser cutter to cut a hole through the central plys of the wood. There would be a solid piece on the top and bottom and 1 or 2 pieces with a hole in the middle. I could glue the middle pieces to the bottom, put lead weights in the hole, fill it with silicon to stop them from rattling, and glue the top on.

Has anyone tried to add weight to diy wooden tiles before? Are there other, easier solutions?
 
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For a first try, I would try a heavy wood. Walnut or a good oak should give you a nice heft. That would be much faster than futzing with metal.
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Wouldn't it just be easier to use a heavier wood? Yeah, you probably won't be able to laser cut the tiles apart, but you could still etch them. And with a jig or two you could get accurate cuts.
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Here is a good resource for seeing the average weight of wood: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/weigt-wood-d_821.html

White Oak or Hickory are probably your best bet for weight and cost of wood, but there are some exotic woods (at least for the US), which weigh significantly more.

If you wanted tiles but not necessarily wood, you could try dental stone. It is an easy to mix plaster that hardens to a stone or ceramic like material. I use it for my Hist Arts products and works very well. http://www.hirstarts.com/casting/dental.html gives some ideas on the strength of the product.
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Xphile wrote:

White Oak or Hickory are probably your best bet for weight and cost of wood


Hickory's not so common on this side of the pond so I'm not so sure about that one, but aren't those both open-grained woods? Oak certainly is, walnut certainly is. I'd use beech over both of those for game pieces, it's just as dense and just as cheap as oak, but it's easier to get a clean cut, doesn't splinter so easily and finishes nicer. IIRC beech is what most meeples etc. are made of.


That said, if the OP wants game pieces that are noticeably weighty, I suspect that picking a different species of wood won't make enough of a difference for them. IIRC oak isn't even twice the density of spruce (the soft whitewood you easily find in DIY shops).
 
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I have an idea but it would be more work. You would use 2 pieces of wood for each tile and glue them together but on one side you drill/router out an indent and glue a metal washer in-between the tiles. That would add weight to the tiles.
 
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ojannen

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Thanks for the input.

How heavy is heavy wood? How heavy could a 0.75" by 1" by 2" piece of wood be?

Due to the restrictions on the laser cutter, I will have to sandwich several pieces of wood to get the thickness I want. That makes a hole in one of the layers easy to do.

I didn't think of using washers or metal slugs in the holes. That will make things much easier.
 
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2-part epoxy putty is pretty heavy. I use magic sculp from taxidermy.com because it's smooth and grey, but you can get 2-part epoxy putty from the plumber's section of the hardware store that's green. it's more durable than plastic or concrete when cured.

durhams rock hard water putty is very heavy, but it may break. you can get it at hardware stores, you mix it like plaster of paris. I've not done a thin layer of it to see how it would hold up. I use it to weight my vinyl model kits!

You can make a mold and churn them out.
 
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Re: Weighted wooden tiles
ojannen wrote:
How heavy is heavy wood? How heavy could a 0.75" by 1" by 2" piece of wood be?



hobby plywood ~14g
oak ~19g
purple heart ~24g

fender washer 1.5" ~12g

ceramic ~49g
ultracal(plaster) ~42g
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