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An awesome solid Oak dice box for your D&D polyhedral dice, held together with magnets with a finger ridge to make it easier to open. Kickstarter pledges have been fulfilled so we are ready to go!
An awesome solid Oak dice box for your D&D polyhedral dice, held together with magnets with a finger ridge to make it easier to open. Kickstarter pledges have been fulfilled so we are ready to go!
45 backers pledged £1,862 to help bring this project to life.
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I am a father of two grown up game-playing children.  I made a wooden dice box for my daughter's D&D dice set (twice, as the first one wasn't big enough for her dice) as they seem at risk of damage rattling against each other in a bag, and then for my son's 12mm Warhammer dice.  He wanted a graphic device engraved on his, just to be challenging.

They were both pleased, and their friends were impressed.  So far so good.

I thought the D&D box was much bigger than it needed to be (90x135x24mm) so this design was born.

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Milled from solid Oak this dice box is 65x90x24mm and the top and bottom are held together with 4 neodymium magnets - strong magnets (rated 1.6kg pull each)!  To allow a proper grip to separate the two halves I added a finger ridge around the middle.

The mini dice box is optionally stained with a dark dye and finished with varnish.

GIO LASAR DESIGN dice sets with 3 D6 - a similar box to accommodate up to 4 D6 is available from www.woodendonkay.uk (Etsy shop).

Images

Originally planned to have just the dragon motif offered, I decided when putting this Kickstarter together to commission a series of character based designs to choose from in addition to the dragon (left to right, top to bottom); dragon (light oak), dragon, paladin, cleric, barbarian, thief.

Sample Images - actual carvings in Oak
Sample Images - actual carvings in Oak

The first sample above is natural Oak, the rest have a dark stain applied.  Why so many with dark stain?  The large dice boxes I made previously have overwhelmingly been requested with a dark stain.

UPDATE: Mjolnir added in Update 2, Dice image, Voyager spacecraft, Battlestation and Day of the Dead skull added in Update 3.

Update 3 images added
Update 3 images added

 And more images added in Update 4:

Update 4 images: Celtic Knot, Celtic Cross, Bard, Bear, Horse & Wizard
Update 4 images: Celtic Knot, Celtic Cross, Bard, Bear, Horse & Wizard

The character designs are subject to ongoing development (improvement) and new designs may also be added on reaching ...

Stretch Goals

For a little fun - I can't make people pledge for a dice box if they don't want one - let's make some stretch goals.  An additional image choice will be added on reaching each of the following stretch goals:

  • 200% funding - wizard (or whatever is asked for most in comments)
  • 300% funding - Mjolnir (Thor's hammer)
  • 400% funding - an apex predator (comment with what you would like: wolf, bear, shark etc)

Beyond that?  Seriously, I don't know what to offer, beyond tears of gratitude.  Suggestions in the comments, please.

UPDATE: Mjolnir added in Update 2, Dice image, Voyager spacecraft, Battlestation and Day of the Dead skull added in Update 3.

Text Engraving

Want something engraved but can't think what?  Some suggestions:

  • Your name.
  • It's dangerous to go alone. Take this. (Legend of Zelda)
  • Your club name.
  • Dungeon Master of ....... (complete as appropriate)
  • Character name.
  • Draught Excluder Salesman and Ord Exterminator (or whatever you got from a lucky charisma roll)
  • A verse of poetry:
    "One Ring to
    rule them all
    One Ring to
    bind them"
  • A lyric:
    "I was born
    in a
    crossfire
    hurricane"

The restriction of text to 4 lines of 15 characters (not including spaces) is neither mean nor arbitrary.  There is only so much space to carve on, and wood being a natural material with it's own pattern and texture you cannot realistically make the writing very small, unlike with plastic and metal; in wood the grain makes small text hard to read, and if the wood fibres happen to split in the wrong place ... it's just a mess.

Having said that, it's more guidelines than rules - if you want something longer than 15 characters and it looks like I can engrave it OK then we can give it a whirl.

Fonts

Much as I would like to offer free rein on choice of font, carving in wood does give some restrictions (given the space we have) so you should be thinking of choosing from the following:

Font Samples
Font Samples

These font samples are shown to give you an idea of how they will look on a wood grain background.  All samples are shown as they would appear at 7mm high on the dice box across the long dimension (90mm).

If your text is very short, I am happy to engrave it larger:

Large Font Sample
Large Font Sample

I can offer flexibility like this because ... see 'Manufacturing' below.  If you ask for something that I just can't do - it might be refund time.

Manufacturing

All dice boxes are made by me - I do not design in-house and then pass to a far-east factory for manufacture.  Check out www.woodendonkay.uk (links to Etsy shop) for some of the larger boxes (and other stuff).

The early bird dice boxes will be milled before the Kickstarter ends (assuming it looks like successful funding), and will just have to be engraved, finished (varnished) and magnets fitted.  I'd expect to send out early bird rewards 7 days after Kickstarter is funded.

Boxes are being made - bottom left is boxes still to be sanded
Boxes are being made - bottom left is boxes still to be sanded

This Kickstarter project is about testing demand, and achieving quantities that make these dice boxes cost effective.  If I make one it takes me a day - selling price would be about £80.  If I make three it takes me a day and a half - selling price about £40. If I make 20 this will come down to £30 and I will make more than minimum wage on them.  The boxes I have part-made so far will sell on my Etsy shop if I can't get Kickstarter funding, and that will be the end of this story.

If I were to achieve 500% funding I could afford to buy a sanding machine to make my life easier and production slightly faster, but there is nothing needed (other than wood) to supply the rewards for all pledges - I have already invested in the equipment required and made several dice boxes already.  And I really don't have anywhere to put a sanding machine.

Note that dice are not included and any shown in this project are for illustration only.

The dice used for testing fit are Chessex CHX27419 (used because for the larger dice box sold on Etsy.com Chessex dice were found to cause problems).  Sizes are (measured flat face to flat face, not point to point):

  • D20 20.1mm
  • D12 18.6mm
  • D10 15.9mm
  • D10 15.9mm
  • D8 15.1mm
  • D6 15.1mm
  • D4 17.5mm

Magnets are N42, rated 1.6kg each, and measure 12mm x 2mm. Safety information is available at http://woodendonkay.com/SafetyInformation.pdf - should the magnets somehow come loose (unlikely since they have to be pounded in with a hammer) care should be taken to keep them away from children and pets as they are dangerous if swallowed.

For those of you who watched the video and can't place the text sample, it is from Lord of the Rings; Sam quoting Gaffer Gamgee.

Risks and challenges

There are few risks with this project. I have completed several working dice boxes so far to prove that it is do-able and repeatable - evidence is in the pictures & video! Making more is not an issue - see picture showing part-made boxes (milled & sanded, still to be engraved/carved). I make these myself so if I were to become ill there would obviously be delays; I have limited the number of backers to allow me to catch up production if this became an issue.
Delivery will be impacted for backers who pledge for engraved products but do not reply promptly to email requests for details of text required.

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