Sourcing Woods for Board Game Insert Project


#1

I need 7 sheets of 380x380x3mm material for a board game insert (bought the plans online). I was told Central Hardwoods should be good, but they are only open during my office hours and I can’t get over there.

I’m not entirely sure how to open it. There are DXF, EPS, and RLD files. Can anyone recommend tools that will open these (preferably Linux compatible)? I know RDWorks might open DXF, but I haven’t had much luck with that.


#2

Not familiar with RDWorks, just some generic warnings about DXF’s.

If you just DXF, just keep in mind DXF files do not have a unit associated with them, so you need to know what they were designed as. Typically programs have to know what unit it should be using when imported. I accidentally created one from Inkscape with font “points” as the unit and no scaling by 25.4 up or down (was assuming a mm vs inch issue) would solve my problem :laughing:


#3

You can import the dxf files into Inkscape.

As for the EPS files, I have limited knowledge. I think you can open it in Illustrator, save it as an .ai file, and then import the ai file into Inkscape.


#4

…and RLD files. RDWorks is available from the JUMP drive.


#5

I wasn’t aware that RLD was an RDWorks file type. Either way, that’s not a tool that works on Linux. I emailed the creator and I’m expecting he’d be willing to give me a more consumable format.

I’m mostly interested in where I should source the material I need.


#6

Are you looking for ply, or for solid wood? Can you live with 1/8" if that’s what’s available (i.e., 3mm might be harder to find)?


#7

I bought this.

He says 3mm. I’m not sure 1/8" will work. I could ask him to modify the plans, but I doubt that would go anywhere (I’ve already bugged him enough over email)


#8

Aha. I was (incorrectly) picturing an inlay.

Since apparently the 0.007" thickness difference between 3mm and 1/8" matters, it would be interesting to know what kerf thickness he planned for when he did his design.

If it were me, I’d run a few test cuts on one of the small interlocking boxes before I invested in the entire set of material.

Woodcraft sells baltic birch plywood in 3mm, and various dimensions.


#9

Thanks, Woodcraft looks like what I’m looking for. I’ll probably try that this evening.


#10

I’ve found that most (maybe all) Baltic Birch plywood that is sold in nominal imperial measurements is actually metric. 1/8" Baltic Birch is actually 3mm. Call Central and ask.


#11

No “maybe” about it. “Baltic” is a geographic region. A region that long ago stopped using imperial units.