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The Magnetic Game Board Conundrum….
If you’re like me, you’ve looked longingly at Marco’s magnetic game boards and wished you could somehow create one of your own. I’ve a busy work schedule and often don’t get much more time in than a few minutes here and there. A magnetic board would be ideal to keep the counters in position and store it away when the space was required for work.Unfortunately, those lovely “counter Clips” now run $129 for 50 half-inch clips. Yikes!
So how can one create the same thing (or close to it) without the expense? I’ve thought about this for a while. I knew the old clips were, in fact, just “c-channel” magnets used to attached labels to metal shelving. A quick look on Amazon located such clips, and the project was under way.
First stop was Target for a magnet whiteboard. Soon the c-channel magnets (Magnetic Cardholders 3/4” x 2” and 1/2” x 2”, from Allgner Label Holder Corp.). This brought a set-back. The c-channels have changed since the 60s/70s. The “channel” is much smaller, much “tighter,” than the ones of old. The solution? Make new counters by copying unpunched counter sheets on to full sheet labels (I used Avery) and attached them to “shirt card/backings from legal pads”. This would make the counters thinner, but I did want that magnetic board.
Using a rotary paper cutter, I carefully cut out the counters, making sure the reverse (back) side matched the front. (There is a trick to this…. “loosen” the counters so the lines on the “back side” of the counter sheet are more distinct.)
The results were pleasing; the 3/4” clips worked well with the larger counters and I had little problems with “stacking” the counters. I purchased some 1/2” counters and intend on using them for some SPI “magazine games” I’ve been meaning to play (like for the last 30 years).