Dueling Shut the Box Cabinet
This was a new one for me- my wife turned me on to the game a few years back and I decided to try my hand at crafting one of my own.
Shut the Box is a 19th Century Caribbean dice game attributed to pirates, where the object is to roll your dice and flip down your tiles until none remain. Our old box was picked up during a trip to St. Maarten, and the family has enjoyed it ever since.
The difference between our family game and this one is that this game is designed for two players to go head-to-head. This was a lesson I learned watching our kids play, as with ours, they have to wait their turn. So, the dueling concept was born.
Crafted from reclaimed Malaysian Acacia, the game measures 11"x9" and is 3.5" deep. The hardware is reclaimed from other items, and the interior is lined with gaming-grade green felt.
The game comes with two handcrafted dice, made from marble wood and finished with a light coat of spar urethane. The 'pirate finger bone' latch is hand-carved from Malaysian Acacia.
Also, as an added design feature, this game has a pressure-locked #9 on the top line to stop the tiles from clogging up your close.
I really enjoyed making this one, and I know it will be a treasured family heirloom for generations to come.