I’m going to show you how to make polyhedral dice boxes. My friends play dungeons and dragons and asked me to make some dice boxes for them. I think they came out really well and will suit their needs. I engraved the top of the boxes with the d & d logo as an added effect.
I started out by ripping 3/4 in maple to the size of the various boxes that I was making. I used a table saw for this but you could use a pull saw.
Next I set up a stop block on the miter saw to make the repeated cross cuts easier.
I layed out all the boxes and then attached drilling templets to the wood using spray adhesive. This part was tricky to get them lined up properly. Just take your time.
I drilled one inch holes into the wood to hold the dice. I should have added a center point in each circle to make this process easier. After I finished drilling this piece I did the same to all the others. This took awhile to finish.
I then sanded all the pieces up to 220 grit sandpaper.
I used my cnc machine to engrave logos to the box tops.
I wanted one box to have hexagons instead of circles so I cut that out in the cnc machine. You could do this by hand with a chisel but would take a really long time.
I used watch walnut stain for the boxes because I like how that stain soaks into the wood. I was having trouble staining the circles and hexes so I ended up just dipping my finger in the stain and spreading it around. Staining all the pieces took a long time.
I wanted to hold these boxes together with magnets. So I just used super glue to hold them in place. They are plenty strong.
Overall, I love how these came out and more importantly my friends love them as well.