My old, battered (and beloved) 4- and 6-person Jokers & Pegs board showing the 'usual' layout. I used this to ensure that the Door County version still maintained the correct number of spaces, etc. I think you can see some faint pencil marks from my on-the-spot diagramming I did while designing the 'Door Co.' version.
"Sometimes, Life gives you a good bounce" -- Red Forman, That '70s Show. I serendipitously found these parts totally by accident in a local hardware store while looking for electrical parts for a completely different project. They were just what I was envisioning to clad the board game's holes. I simply hammered them into the pre-drilled spaces using a rubber mallet--voilà! It looked like a million bucks.
Angled shot-it looks like you're about to land on the map itself. Hindsight: I would've avoided using a gold Sharpie to outline the land and tint Detroit and Plum Islands (in Death's Door). I also would've drilled the holes all from the front to the back, something I started only after I'd done it the opposite way a few times--woops! I like how this shot shows off the game pieces (dollhouse Christmas lights) that I totally purloined from my other Jokers & Pegs set, which was completely worth…
The main wood was an extra shelf from this bookshelf unit in my basement. It came from my father-in-law's late mother, which was meaningful for me in choosing what to use. Plus, it turned out to be the perfect size and required very little work to get it ready to turn into a board game.
The game is ready to be played. I changed the 'home' and 'start' spaces' configurations from the familiar + and ¬ shapes normally seen, so that the board would be more aesthetically pleasing and not detract from the map's shape. I loved finding the birthstone stickers--turned out better than any other solution I could think of. Sometimes inspiration comes from simply wandering around the local craft store!