How to build this game table?


I need to build a table like this... http://www.ancient-egypt.org/glossary/senet.html
How can I make a grid top, other than cutting a whole bunch of little pieces and gluing them in place. Given the difficulty of gluing them, it seems like something is bound to fall off. (I will probably skip the animal feet.)
Sorry if this is a repost, but I couldn't find the post I thought I made yesterday.
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If the top is flat, cut dado's and inlay the strips.
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won't it pull apart? Or is the 3" width too little movement to matter?
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tight.
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they are. Maybe it is too small a distance for a problem.
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If the base is solid and you cut dado's just deep to keep the darker pieces in place, wood movement should not be to dramatic.
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I think if I were doing this, I would look for or make some veneer to g lue on here. If done correctly, it would last a long time. You may even find some that you could use whole, rather than having to cut and paste. good luck...

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I'd even look at gluing strips directly to the top--sort of parquetry, to avoid the problems of cutting strips exactly the same width as the dados. You would have to get the joints cut cleanly, but that's a manageable problem. (Throw away the ones you cut too short.)
Walt C

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"Toller" wrote:

Same way you build a checkerboard.
Glue up some strips consisting of white and dark, then cross cut blanks to size.
Alternate these with narrow dark strips.
Make all pieces about 1/4" thick and laminate to a piece of 1/4" plywood.
You now have a top insert around which you frame the rest of the top.
When finished, run thru a commercial top sander to get flat.
Lew
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On Sun, 11 Dec 2005 18:57:20 GMT, Lew Hodgett

You're missing the part about the squares being recessed. I think Leon is on the right track.
-Leuf
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Leuf wrote:

You are right, missed that part.
Lew
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Your original post and replies:
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.woodworking/browse_frm/thread/5bf7dfc152890d0a
watch the line wrap
-Leuf
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wrote:

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.woodworking/browse_frm/thread/5bf7dfc152890d0a
But now I wonder what is wrong with my news reader.
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Leon is right on! with another solution to this one. We get so focused on one idea sometimes that we forget to look for any other options. Dadoes and inlays, Simple!
Tom in KY, thinking that you have a few good options to work with.
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Looks like it's just strips overtop in the picture, lap joints. If you want to make yours flat, the dado plan sounds good.
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wrote:

square, but I only broke a few. Thanks all. I just wish I could have let my 12 year old do more of the work, since it was his project and all that, but I sure can't have him cutting 1/8" lap joints. I know, pick a project he can do himself; but then he just look foolish compared to all the other parent's projects. It is the system that is screwed up.
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another way to do it might be to use 2 inch tiles as the houses, and then use those basswood strips you can get at craft stores like Michael's or A.C. Moore as spacers - maybe get one of those little X-Acto miter boxes to cut the strips (a stop block makes cutting 33 short strips easy). This way your son can do most of the work and you can help with the alignment and gluing so it winds up looking professional. Four long strips align the rows, and the tiles automatically align the short strips. Just an idea.
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