Making a Go Board

So I occasionally play Go over lunchtimes.  Currently the set that I keep in the office made of a rolled up canvas board I made (canvas with glued-hemmed edges and a grid drawn on in sharpie), and a set of old stones.  Now the stones are actually kind of nice and fun, I got them for free in a junk shop when I visited Mish in Japan, I went browsing while she was up to something else and found an old floor board with “character” and some stones for a really quite reasonable price, and then lugged them home in an exhausting trek :)  they’re a mixed up set of a lot of different types, materials and sizes, they really have character and are quite nice to play with (if you avoid the thin plastic ones).  However the board is a bit … flimsy for playing on slatted tables.

Anyway so I’ve been getting back into playing Go a little lately and got the urge to improve the board I play on in the office.  At first I just thought about getting a flexible board, either one of those leathette ones or one of the really flexi-cloth like ones and gluing it to a couple of thin planks to back it and give it some structure.  However looking around B&Q for planks and bits of wood I realised I could actually just make my own folding board, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.

I followed the dimensions and guides in places like Sensei’s LIbrary: Making Your Own Equipment which is all kinds of interesting, and combined it with David’s Homemade Go Board Instructions.

The process of making it and results of which can seen here, in this thar flickr album, and here’s a picture of the end of the first game I played on it:

End of the first game

Things I’d change next time?  I’d use something other than an ultra-fine sharpie with that varnish combination, it really doesn’t seem to mesh very well and kept clogging and skipping all so some of the lines are a bit rough.  I’d also get a longer metal rular and also measure stuff more carefully to avoid corrections.  But it’s a perfectly serviceable board :)

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