Author: Brandon  |  Category: Brandon Burton

Settlers of Catan

So this last week Hailey was sick. It was funny because I went to get up and go to work and she asked what are you doing? When she found out I was leaving her at home with two boys while being sick she almost had a conniption.

Needless to say it is pretty boring at home while watching two boys so I decided to improve on one of our favorite games: Settlers of Catan.

If you have ever played it you know it takes a bit to setup, the pieces are flimsy and if you have kids you might as well forget it. Well, we are short on time, I hate playing with paper crap, and kids – well, have you met our kids.

I came up with this idea to take every hex piece and mount it to a piece of 1/4″ MDF to make each piece more solid. It was good in theory but each piece had to be exact in order to make the board work and cutting hex pieces is not easy with standard tools. (somebody please buy me a cnc router for Christmas next year)

The solution:

After cutting each piece into a rectangle I made a table saw sleigh to push the pieces through the table saw. It worked like a charm. I had to cut over 80 pieces which works out to be 480 cuts. (6 cuts per piece)

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It took a bit of cutting but I got through it.

The board:

For the board I took a piece of 1/2″ MDF and got out the ol’ router. I set it to 1/4″ and routed the perimeter of the board then the entire center. It took a while too and sent sawdust all over the place in my garage.

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After that was done I painted and routed the edge, put a nice profile on the whole thing. I glued the borders on then glued the wood, brick, gold, ore, deserts, water, wheat, and sheep to the hex blocks I just cut out.

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I worked out marvelously and the best part is we can through them all on the ground and let our kids set up the board for us. They love it. Then when it is set up we can move it wherever we want to play. Never though you could move a “Catan” board after it was set up did ya. No wrecking the board when it gets bumped, no worrying about the game getting messed. It is awesome.

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