I’m going to (mostly) leave the PCT topic for a hot second to focus on a DIY Christmas present, which still fits into my theme of Blog-Posts-From-Occurences-Of-Long-Ago.
Last spring Dustin discovered I’d never played backgammon. He was horrified. So I learned how to play backgammon and instantly became obsessed. Naturally I couldn’t just put down my new obsession when I started hiking, so Dustin, in a burst of Sharpie marker creativity, turned our Tyvek ground cloth into a slew of lightweight gaming classics.
Post-trail I figured I’d better pull together a more permanent backgammon board solution. It seemed like a good DIY Christmas present idea to give to Dustin.
Of course there was the looming issue of My Lack Of Wood Working Skills.
Luckily my dad has access to a laser cutter. I drafted up a few designs, my dad tweaked them a bit, some laser cutting happened, a couple coats of stain later and voilà! Backgammon board.
Board design going through a few iterations.
Naturally the board has a mountain/forest theme. Green stain achieved with food coloring and rubbing alcohol.
Inspiration pulled from Super-Crafts and Instructables. Technical details, laser cutting, wood work, and trouble shooting by my dad. Design and stain by me. So yes, I gifted Dustin a present that was 87% completed by my father and 13% by me.
Through My Headphones
*Your Design-Grace Mitchell