Abacuses are visually appealing. If you look through a lot of home décor catalogs you will see them priced around $250. If you would like one in your house but don’t want to pay that price, here is how.
The materials that you will need are:
(2) 1x3x8′ furring strips
(2) 2×48″ dowels
(7) 5/16″ diameter dowels
(4) 1 ½” angle braces
Drill bit 13/32″
Paint or stain (couple of colors)
Step One: Start with the 2″ dowels. Mark 1″ measurements on it. Then use the miter saw to cut on the 1″ marks. These will be your beads so you will need to do this with both 2″ dowels and get as many 1″ pieces as possible.
Step Two: Use the drill and 13/32″ drill bit to drill holes into the center of the 1″ dowel pieces.
Step Three: Use sand paper to sand down each 1″ dowel piece.
Step Four: Paint or stain each 1″ dowel piece. Then let them dry completely. These can be different colors if you choose.
Step Five: Apply touch ups to the 1″ dowel pieces or beads.
Step Six: Now it’s time to build the frame. Use the 1×3 to cut two 39″ pieces.
Step Seven: Use the other 1×3 to measure and cut a 39″ piece and a two 24″ pieces.
Step Eight: Grab one of your 39″ pieces and use the 13/32″ drill bit to drill holes all the way through. You will want your holes to go all the way through. The holes should also be every 3″ making a total of 12 holes. This will be your center brace.
Step Nine: Grab another one of your 39″ pieces and use the 11/32″ drill bit to drill ¼” deep holes. These should be done every 3″ just like the other board you already did. It is really important that all of your holes line up on all three 39″ pieces. Repeat this step for the last 39″ piece of wood.
Step Ten: Sand the (3) 39″ pieces and the (2) 24″ pieces. Then either paint or stain in a color of your choice. Then allow the pieces to dry completely.
Step Eleven: Cut the 5/16″ dowels to make (12) 23 ¾” pieces.
Step Twelve: Paint the (12) 23 ¾” pieces. Let them dry.
Step Thirteen: Place the (12) 23 ¾” pieces into the holes using wood glue. It is easiest if you glue all of the dowels into all of the holes on the left brace. Then add some beads to each of the dowels. Next insert the center brace onto all of the dowels. Then add some more beads to each of the dowels. Last apply some gorilla glue on the ends of the dowels and insert them into all of the holes on the right brace.
Step Fourteen: Use gorilla glue to attach the top and bottom piece of wood. These are the 24″ pieces of wood. Then use a nail gun to nail on the top and bottom pieces.
Step Fifteen: Use wood glue to attach each of the brackets to the 4 corners. These brackets are just decorative you don’t have to add them if you don’t want to.
Now you have an inexpensive and custom abacus board.