Two of the family have recently got addicted to the oriental game of Go. So of course we needed something to play on (internet play works fine, but it isn't very sociable). We found instructions for making the board itself on bamsoftware, and made two - one each. Quite by accident I found that the bits of MDF left over were just enough to make this rather nice Go-ban. It looks the part, and is just the right height to play sitting on the floor, or to put coffee mugs on when there's no game in progress.
The board slots neatly into the top, so I made some 9x9 practice boards on the reverse side - but you could also do chess boards and I guess all sorts of other things.
How to do it
I've made a PDF of the instructions that you can download **HERE** so you don't get sawdust in your computer.
The carcass without the board slotted in
Detail of the corner construction (see the felt pad that the board rests on)
After a bit of filling and varnishing (might have looked better if I didn't use stained varnish)
Mine looks a bit like it has been made from the timbers of a sunken ship. The instructions include all the bits of sanding/finishing that I missed out in my haste to make it! So yours will look even better.
If you haven't come across Go before, it is a fascinating game. It has a few very simple rules that lead to a real tussle between strategy and tactics every time you play. A good place to get a feel of the game is the KGS tutorial and for a starter book I'd suggest Neil Moffat's book.