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Project by BanjoBen posted 01-06-2016 12:36 AM 947 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the first checker/chess board I’ve made. It’s made from walnut, soft maple, and padauk.

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 03:22 AM

That’s a beautiful well made board. You should be King-ed.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 11:17 AM

Nice work, these are fun to make. Great wood choice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 01-06-2016 03:44 PM

Thanks. I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to make checkers, but haven’t had much luck yet in that department.

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#4 posted 01-06-2016 04:34 PM

That is a real beauty. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-06-2016 05:51 PM

Nice checker/chess board.
Regarding making checkers. Have you check out any of the router type bits for cutting toy wheels and similar circle patterns. They work on drill press and routers. You might even be able to re-grind the shape to suit your specific needs.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-06-2016 05:57 PM

I’ve been looking at rosette cutters as a possibility for getting a nice shape. Of course, cutting the disk is simple enough, but I want them to stack securely. I was thinking it would be nice if there were rosette cutters that came in inverse profiles that would stack nicely, but I haven’t been able to find such a thing.

I haven’t checked out wheel cutters yet though. I’ll look into it.

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#7 posted 01-06-2016 08:31 PM

Nice board! I made my first one for a Christmas present to my kids but it didn’t turn out nearly as nice as yours.

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