Almost a year ago, my husband and I started brainstorming and mapping out a way to make a wooden version of one of our favorite games, The Settlers of Catan. About 9 months ago, we finished our board and it’s our go-to game anytime we have a game night. We love playing the game, and we love playing it even more with our wooden set. Building the original set was a lesson in math, marriage, woodworking, and painting small details. Fast forward to middle of November, and I got a comment on my instagram from a friend from college that wanted to buy a wooden set of their own for a Christmas present. After talking it over with Ben, we decided it would be a fun project to take on again, and decided to secretly make another set for a friend of ours for her Christmas present. We quickly learned that making TWO board is vastly different from making just one. Making the second and third sets were lessons in math, marriage, woodworking, painting small details, and letting go of our absolute perfectionism.
Overall, I’m THRILLED with how all three of the boards turned out. It was a creative outlet for the two of us, and it’s so much fun to make something that is fun and practical.
To make the boards, we used:
- 4′ x 6′ sheet of plywood (3/4″ thick) (was enough for two sets, with some wood left over)
- 1 qt of Minwax Clear Tint (we had them color it it to “Island Waters”) 1 quart of this made it through 3+ Catan boards
- A circular saw to cut the pieces and sandpaper to “clean it up.”
- Assorted acrylic paints & paintbrushes ( I like the Folk Art and Plaid brands of paints!)
- Minwax Polyurethane to seal the pieces after they have been painted
- The game of Settlers of Catan for the pieces, cards, etc, to be able to play the game!
To create the game we:
- Traced the board pieces onto the plywood
- Cut the pieces.
- Hand sanded the edges.
- Stained the wooden pieces blue.
- Painted the tops of the pieces to match the playing board (this is what took the longest!)
- Sealed the tops with Minwax Polyurethane.
To make the ports, we cut a 1/2 wide dowel rod, stained them with leftover brown stain we had around the house, painted the appropriate “trades” on top, and sealed them with the poly again. I love how they turned out!
Have you ever made a homemade game set? How did it turn out?