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Thread: Mahjong wooden rack out of one solid piece of wood

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    Mahjong wooden rack out of one solid piece of wood

    I know this is an oddball request, but my wife and a group of her friends began learning and playing recently, and Id like to make her wooden racks for the tiles(instead of plastic, and I know I can purchase wooden racks for 20 bucks for 4, but I want to make it for her as a gift)
    If you look at any rack(nothing to hold chips, just a straight 18 inch tile holder), can someone please help me with the cuts I need for the shape, and in which order I would cut them. Im a bit puzzled by it, and I want to do it with one solid piece, no glueups.
    Any help would be appreciated, but please understand I have a limited number of router bits, would be willing to purchase, but would prefer to do it all on table saw.(if possible.)

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    This is a business card holder I make. I put them in antique store with my cards so that potential clients can get ahold of me.Click image for larger version. 

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    I take a block of wood (in this case maple) or any scraps I have laying around. Take the block and use a dado blade to cut the center, Turn it on ot's side and cut away the front to the depth I want, round off the corners. Sand, Finish and wah la instant business card holder.
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    not exactly what Im looking for, if you have time, look at a mahjong rack, it has an angled tile rack and needs a flat surface on top to place tiles.

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    Is this what we're talking about Allen? Click image for larger version. 

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    You ask about making it out of one piece which could be done but seems awkward. An angled dado down the length at about 5* and then inserting a strip with one 5* edge (into the dado ) and one 90* edge would be quick and easy. You could even mix woods that way.

    It could get hairy but you could do this on the table saw. Please make sure the released pieces are not captured between your keeper and the fence. that is; the spoil should fall free to the opposite side of the blade from the fence:
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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-21-2009 at 10:36 PM.
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    thats what Im talkin bout, no chip holder though.

    Ill try the cuts, hairy doesnt bother me.

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    be careful allen,, doesnt look to safe to me..
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    I drew out on the edge of a piece of 20 inch 2x4, what I wanted, looked at what glenn put as cutting, and gave it a shot. Its pretty close to what she wants, the only thing is she wants a curved lip in front of the tile rack holder shelf, and I have no clue whatsoever how to cut a curve in there.(the average tile is 1 and 3/16 by 7/8 by 1/2 inch thick, so I made two out of 1/2 inch ply for sizing purposes)
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    allen is the edge your wanting to be rounded? if so then get a round style chamfer tool or just sand the edge round by hand with a block that is the shape you want with sand paper in it..personally i would just hand sand it to where i wanted it..
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    Looking good Allen I made a few of those for my neighbor who works at a seniors complex. They have a group that are right into that game. I made them similar to what you have. Maybe you could glue a couple of small peices to it that have a curve in it. Just a thought.
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    The side profile on top is what I got, the one on the bottom is what she really wants. ARe there small planes that I can curve the top off with?
    I can probably cut an additional piece with a curved profile on the top and glue it to the front if I need that piece. Any input would be appreciated.
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