A little project (for someone, not sure who yet). Noughts and crosses. I bought the noughts as small curtain rings, picked a chisel that was a bit wider than the rings, and a bit of wood that was large enough to fit a 3 × 3 grid. Plane practice to flatten, square and thickness the piece of wood, before mortise / paring practice making the recesses for the playing pieces.
You could do a smaller version using cross cuts off of an old broom handle, maybe in two different shades of stain / finish if you wanted. Follow that logic and you could do your own othello board.
Happy present making. Reply with other ideas if you like.
Colin, Czech Rep.
When you are looking at the cross, you are actually looking at the end grain. I effectively made a cross profile and cross cut (pun intended) the crosses from it. Planed the faces carefully, chamfered all the edges with a chisel, then soaked them in shellac to give them a darker colour.