Settlers of Catan 3D diorama: part 1

2 07 2018

Hey guys! Remember these?:

 

 

 

 

No? That’s okay it was a long time ago.  Here’s what’s going down here: I’m making a 3D Catan board.  I started of course with the above papers sketching out all the possibilities.  I traced the  outline of one of the game hexes to get my dimensions.

I almost forgot to snap a pic of what I was doing here (as you can see I already started cutting.  I took a game piece hex and traced out each of the hexes (about 1/8″ apart).  I’m using 1/4″ thick, 12″x24″ craft plywood as my base.

I used a band-saw to roughly cut out each piece.  If you don’t have access to one, you could use a regular hand saw or similar tool… but it will take for forever.  I’d find someone with a band-saw.

after all the pieces were cut out I put them all in a clamp and started rasping each side.  I used a spare piece of plywood to make sure the opposite end that I was rasping was as even as possible before I clamped.

Remember to be careful using power tools… or rasps.

They’re now a good bit more even.  I took the smallest piece and made sure they were all tolerably square… heximal? whatever?  I finished it off with a quick 80 grit sandpaper to the edges to help keep them from chipping.

and lastly: I labelled each hex so that I don’t lose track.

Next time I’ll be cutting out my ground from polystyrene (aka, styrofoam)! See you then!

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