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How to make a magnetic Othello wall board


The Danish firm Naga.dk manufacture some really nice glass boards designed to act as an alternative to a home or office white board. They come in a range of colours and have the added benefit that they are also magnetic. I can't recall how I stumbled onto them but I immediately realised this was what I had been looking for for some time to achieve a wall mounted Othello board (my other aim is to have a giant set for the garden for when the kids are a little older, watch this space ๐Ÿ‘Œ).


To be upfront this board is going to set you back around ยฃ100 to achieve. Not least because the Naga boards are in the region of ยฃ30-40 and you will need 64 'super strong' magnets to have a complete Othello set you can play an entire game on.


Using masking tape at the edges mark out the gridlines

That cost also doesn't include and assumes that you own a spare 'tournament style' board that you don't mind cannibalising for this purpose! The only way to get one in the UK is to import from Japan or earn a set by attending your first World Championship. So it is a little out of reach for most ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ. However you can get imported Japanese boards on Amazon which are similar but I believe will have ever so slightly smaller playing pieces.


To begin I ran masking tape along two edges and marked out where the (lets say these are the vertical) gridlines were to be. The squares on a tournament Othello board are roughly 4.5cm x 4.5cm. This turns out to be perfect as the board is 45cm x 45cm. Othello is on a 8x8 board, plus a border round the edge equals a perfect ten 4.5cm columns!

half way
applying the gridding tape


















With a mark on both strips of masking tape every 4.5cm, using 'Self-Adhesive Gridding Tape and a straight edge I added the vertical grid lines. You can just about make out that I added a second mark 0.65cm from each 'primary' mark. This turned out not to be necessary once I was confident using the gridding tape mechanism. It was essentially to allow me to line up the straight edge at the optimum distance from each mark to allow the centre of the gridding tape mechanism to line up perfectly with each 'primary' mark.


score excess gridding tape