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Because I have so little time to work on fulfilling orders and making Pai Sho boards and tiles, I want to share everything about how I make what I do. If you'd like to become a seller of Pai Sho boards and tiles like the ones I sell, check this out and get in touch so I can help you with anything you need help with!

The laser cutter/engraver I use is a Glowforge Basic. My referral link to learn more or buy one for yourself is https://glowforge.us/f/rqq2fk - using that to purchase one will save you money and will get me a credit as well. I have enjoyed working with the Glowforge and recommend it. Glowforge also sells laser-ready materials that are (supposedly...) pre-finished and masked and guaranteed to work well. I've had some issues with the quality of finish on their materials not being as good as they've shown that it could be sometimes. But overall, working with their materials is great. By selling Pai Sho boards and tiles, my Glowforge paid for itself in less than a year.

Design Downloads


Any designs mentioned here as freely available are available at the Design Downloads page.

Tiles - Designs


I have offered tiles for Skud Pai Sho, Vagabond Pai Sho, Capture Pai Sho, Nick Pai Sho, and a set of Canon Tiles (a set of tiles that have designs that are true to the show). I did not design the tiles for all of these games. The few tile designs I have created are freely available.

Skud Pai Sho


The Skud Pai Sho tiles I make are designed and owned by artist Hector Lowe. Please contact me with a message on Discord or here on the forum to get his email address - he would love to work with you so you can produce his designs.

The Ancient Oasis expansion for Skud Pai Sho features tiles designed by Vescucci, another member of The Garden Gate community. These tiles are some of many he has made for the community and they are freely available.

Vagabond Pai Sho


The Vagabond Pai Sho tiles I make are designed by Coeur De Lion and myself. I love Vagabond Pai Sho and the designs of these tiles, and I have arranged for them to be freely available.

Capture Pai Sho


The Capture Pai Sho tiles, and the game itself, are designed and owned by Tom Ford.

Nick Pai Sho


I designed a Nick Pai Sho set using the glyphs representing the elements (which you can find on the Avatar World Maps and other places), the Lion Turtle tile design by Vescucci as the Avatar tile, and the White Lotus design by me.

Tiles - Materials and Quality


I offer three levels of quality for tiles. Each level uses different materials and a different engrave quality.

General Glowforge Tile Printing Notes


I print one row of tiles at a time. This is both to prevent any alignment issues when cutting out the tiles and also so I can peel the masking off the tiles while the next row is printing.

I use the "honeycomb material hold down pins" to hold the material in place while cutting. See the Glowforge forum post for more details.

I use a coaster-sized square (because it's a coaster I made) to help place the material on the Glowforge bed. I should share a picture of this so you know what I mean.

White Lotus Initiate


These tiles are made from the least expensive plywood that is available directly from Glowforge. The designs are engraved in low quality, resulting in a design with less detail when compared to the higher quality tiles.

Glowforge Settings:
Coming soon

Materials:
Least expensive Proofgrade Medium Plywood. For Capture Pai Sho, I have done light colored plywood and walnut for dark tiles.

White Lotus Master


These tiles are made from the hardwood available from Glowforge. The designs are engraved in good quality.

Glowforge Settings:
Coming soon

Materials:
Proofgrade Medium Hardwood - Maple, Walnut, Cherry, and Red Oak

Grand Lotus


These tiles are made from exotic wood that can be purchased from various sources. I've used materials from Inventables and The Wood & Shop. Before lasering, I hand-finish the boards with Shellac, which is a laser safe finish, and apply masking.

The idea behind the Grand Lotus tiles was that they are a special way to support The Garden Gate. Exotic woods and extremely high quality engraves.

Tools and other materials needed: Shellac (spray or brush); sanding sponge; sandpaper (all purpose 220 grit); masking

Material Preparation:
To finish the boards, I prepare them ahead of time by at least a day, by doing the following:
- sand with sandpaper
- coat with shellac
- between coats, use fine sanding sponge
- apply multiple coats until finished well

Glowforge Settings:
Coming soon

Materials:
From Inventables or Wood & Shop: Purpleheart, Narra, Yellowheart, Chakte Viga, Katalox, Zebrawood, Padauk


Note: I'll be able to update and add remaining details as needed when anyone needs them, just contact me.
Awesome work and thank you for providing this information.

It would be super cool if you could show a time lapse or a video of you making these tiles in the laser printer. Just for curiosity sake. Also whats the time frame on making a set with and without the high quality option.

Also out of curiosity, with the glowforge did you get the basic, the plus or the pro?
(02-27-2019, 12:00 AM)MrSns Wrote: [ -> ]Also out of curiosity, with the glowforge did you get the basic, the plus or the pro?

Glowforge Basic - as stated in all those details up there somewhere Smile
(02-27-2019, 02:46 AM)Skud Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-27-2019, 12:00 AM)MrSns Wrote: [ -> ]Also out of curiosity, with the glowforge did you get the basic, the plus or the pro?

Glowforge Basic - as stated in all those details up there somewhere Smile

Ah my bad, I did miss that.