Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Assembly Instructions - Themed Dice Roller

Assembling the Themed Dice Roller.


  • 150-220 grit sand paper
  • hobby knife
  • PVA glue
  • masking tape, rubber bands or clamps
  • damp rag or paper towels

The parts are ready to assemble as they are shipped but we recommend you give them a light sanding with some 150 or 220 sand paper to remove any cut marks from the laser. We recommend using an electric palm sander for this because it is faster but a basic sanding block will work fine as well. You only need to sand the flats and not the wedges. The laser leaves a very clean edge that is normally free of splinters and we try to catch and clean up any before the items are shipped. If you do find one though, you can clean it up with either sand paper or a hobby knife.

For glue, I recommend  Aleene's Original Tacky Glue is the best glue ever made for craft projects like this. It doesn't run and gives you plenty of wiggle room for alignment. It also is easier to control and clean up than regular PVA glue. The tape, rubber bands and clamps are just for holding parts as you assemble then and let the glue set.

Begin by finding the sides, ones with the angled slots, and front of the unit. Layout the parts as shown in the photo. Notice the position of the angled cutouts. The cut outs at the top should be closest to the front of the piece.

Glue 1 side to the front as shown. I used a dice box to get a square corner but this isn't required.

Next locate the 3 ramps. There are 2 different sizes, 2 small and 1 large. Place the small one in the upper slots and the large one in the lower. These do not have to be glued in.

Attach the other side making sure to align the ramps into the slots. 

Now glue the final side in place. If necessary use tape, rubber bands or clamps to hold it together while the glue dries.

The base of the unit is made of 2 parts that are sized slightly smaller than each other. Glue the smaller of the 2 pieces in place first then follow it with the larger. This will complete the assembly of the main structure.

To add the trim work locate the 8 vertical legs, 4 cross pieces and 4 "Police" signs. Attach the parts as show to each side of the structure. The goal is to have the vertical legs line up with the edge of and not overlap.

 Add the "Police" signs next by gluing them in place as shown.

 The final part is the crown trim and this is glued to the tops of the uprights.