How to Make Wooden Dominoes

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How to Make Wooden Dominoes
Making wooden dominoes is slightly challenging but can be done at home. (Dominoes image by Nedda from

Dominoes is a game enjoyed by people of all ages. While many domino sets are made of plastic or a faux-marble type of material, there's something to be said for the old-fashioned wooden style type of dominoes. Making your own dominoes does require a little woodworking ability. A table saw or jigsaw can be used to cut the domino pieces from a sheet of plywood. A dremel is used to carve the small dots on the face of the dominoes.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Sheet of plywood
  • Table saw
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Dremel
  • Paint
  • Brushes

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  1. 1

    Using a tape measure and a pencil, sketch out the dimensions on your piece of plywood for the dominoes. They should be three inches in height and one-inch wide.

  2. 2

    Cut the dominoes out from a piece of standard plywood using a table saw.

  3. 3

    Apply a thin layer of wood filler around the edges of each cut out domino piece. Allow about an hour for it to dry.

  4. 4

    Sand both the edges of your cut-out domino pieces and the flat surfaces. You want to get a very smooth surface. However, since the pieces are so small, you should sand them by hand with a small square of sandpaper.

  5. 5

    Attach the drill head to your dremel tool. Carefully make the divider lines across your dominoes. Also make the domino dots on the surface of each domino. You can use a set of actual dominoes to model your work so that you apply the right number of dots on each domino.

  6. 6

    Open your bottle of paint or wood stain to paint the outer surface of your dominoes. Allow the initial outside coating to dry overnight.

  7. 7

    Paint the dots and the divider line with a small brush using white or cream-coloured paint.

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