DIY Mancala Game // Woodworking // Router Project


***Tools Used***
5″ Hole Saw –
1/2″ Core Box Bit –
Bowl Carving Bit –
Hinge Mortising Bit –

Marbles –

Ridgid Router –
Armor Tool Dog Hole Table –

Final Dimensions of the game end up being 3/4″x 23″ x 6″





Music by David Hyde –

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  1. This game is popular in the Middle East, Turkey and Armenia. I remember seeing people playing it there. Mankala is an Arabic word meaning the moving of things from one place to another.

  2. Great video. Thanks for sharing. This is the wood work level what I was thinking of. I can learn a lot of things from you. (I did already now from this video) Subscribed.

  3. I looked up how to play the game and it says there are 49 shells divided equally into 7 holes and you have only 6. is that a different version of the game? Okay, I see this is mancala not sungka!! Nice job on the board !!

  4. A project well executed, I like how you improvised with various sanding methods.  This ancient game is also played throughout Africa where it has various rules in each of the countries. Here in Ghana it is known as oware. There is even the  Oware Society.

  5. This is my new favorite trim router…… and I use a lot of routers.>>> Smooth, quiet, and nice feel. I also prefer round base trimmers

  6. Great project and looks a good game. I've never come across it before. I loved the tip with the sandpaper in the drill press.

  7. I actually have never even heard of a Mancala Game…super cool. I will need to try playing this someday…Your family made it look FUN!! Thanks for sharing 😉 Keep up the great work and videos…WHOOT WHOOT. I am glad you are so much FUN To watch…I love your Channel 😉
    Shelly 😉

  8. I had no idea poplar could look so nice! I've always thought of it as the wood you buy when you're going to paint it. 🙂

  9. Ive never heard of the game but love the board. i have built a number of guitars from poplar and the grain is beautiful as you say. Will you be building workbenches in your shop.

  10. Tools used: You skipped awesome custom-made sanding appendage made innovatively from hoarded old parts!! Nice! Good video.

  11. Such a little known game. My wife and I love to take it camping. To get flat bottoms try using a spiral up cut with a flat end and finish the core? Might save some sanding? Thanks for sharing…

  12. Awesome job! I agree that poplar doesn’t get it’s just credit and have found some amazing grain that I’ve used on several projects. Oh and thanks for introducing me to a new game… guess I grew up under a rock. Keep up the good work!


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