How to Make Your Own Backgammon Game Board

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How to Make Your Own Backgammon Game Board
You can make your backgammon game board as big or as small as you want. (counters on a backgammon board image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Backgammon is a popular board game that people have played for many centuries. The game combines skill and luck. If you enjoy this game and would love to own a backgammon game board, you need not spend too much time and money. You can create your own backgammon game board in a few easy steps.

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Things you need

  • 2-by-2-foot ¼-inch sheet of plywood
  • 2-by-2-foot ½-inch sheet of plywood
  • Wood adhesive
  • Clamps
  • Black and white paint
  • Small ½-inch hinges
  • ¼-inch flat head wood screws

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  1. 1

    Cut the ¼-inch sheet of plywood into two 16-by-10-inch squares. These shall serve as the two sides of your game board.

  2. 2

    Cut four 16-by-1 ½-inch strips of plywood from your ½-inch sheet, and cut four 9-by-1 ½-inch strips from the same sheet. These will be your board's walls.

  3. 3

    Lay a thick 1/8-inch bead of wood adhesive along your 16-inch strips' edges. Secure these to the two longer sides of the 16-by-10-inch sheets using your clamps.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 with your 9-inch strips.

  5. 5

    Let it dry for at least three to four hours.

  6. 6

    Draw the points or game triangles along the short sides of both halves. There should be six points, with each one spaced evenly along the sides. Paint the alternating strips black and white starting with black at one end and white at the other.

  7. 7

    Fasten the two ¼-inch hinges to the board wall's long side using a tiny flat head wood screw and some wood glue. Make sure the hinge is facing up and is just above the wall's top edge.

  8. 8

    Place your other board game upside down right on the side's top, as if you are closing the board. Fasten the hinge's other side to your board wall. The board should then open and close like a box.

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