Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride was my foray into making board games (out of actual boards, none the less!)  I couldn’t bring myself to purchase the game because it seems so much for cardboard and printing.  Plus I don’t have any extra money because I spend it all on projects like this one.  So, if I can’t buy it…make it!

The board is 3/8″ birch plywood with the train routes, um, routed out so there are little grooves for the pieces to sit in.  I wood burned the state lines and other decor.  The board comes apart in six pieces that fit together like puzzle pieces in order to fit into the box.  The box (which I will hopefully post a picture of soon) is also burned.

I love playing this game with my boys, who have always really been into trains.  They do pretty well with it (we play a modified rule game suitable for 4 year olds) and love putting their trains together.

My only regret is that used used some cheap toll paint and its faded over the years.  I need to repaint it soon as its getting hard to see the difference in the colors.

Settlers Board

I love the game settlers.  But I never bought it because I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money.  I grew up on whatever games we could find at the thrift store and cash has always been tight, so there were other things to spend it on.  Besides, whoever I ended up playing with already had one!  Eventually I decided to build my own because “it would be cheaper”.  It was not.  I probably spent more than had I bought it at the mall.  But you ain’t gonna find this at the thrift store!

Everything is made from birch hardwood.  I woodburned designs and stained them different colors with a weather-resistant deck stain.  I added magnets to the ends of the border pieces to snap the whole thing together.  The cards come from the Settlers manufacturer, you can buy a replacement set.