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Carrom Board "Reclaimed"

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Project by TomFran posted 08-08-2007 03:40 AM 3976 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a game board which almost got thrown out. The sides broke, and I had just the panel sitting in my shop for several years. This thing is probably over 40-50 years old. One day my son told me he wanted to make some sides for it and put it back in service, since we had a lot of fun with it over the years. It was given to us by a man who was almost 90 years old, and we’ve had it for about 15 years.

Anyway, my son and I went to the lumberyard and bought some black walnut for the sides and MDF for a stable base (the original had no base), and we put a lazy susan unit on the bottom to make it easier to play the game. I actually assisted my son on this project, so he gets the credit for the entire design and completion of the project. He has shown himself to have some great woodworking ability.

We originally finished it with Watco Danish Oil, but were not satisfied with the dull look, and so we ended up applying (3) coats of Waterlox Original and were happy with the result.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28





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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 08-08-2007 03:47 AM

Neat project, Tom. Great idea to get the son involved.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-08-2007 03:52 AM

Great project Tom and son.

It’s nice to spend time working with your son in the shop. Some of my favorite times are spent that way.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#3 posted 08-08-2007 03:53 AM

Wow very cool. I remember a carom board we had when I was a kid. A little different design as it had a number of setups on one face and was reversible with a checkerboard and backgammon on the reverse. Lots of great memories at that board. Thanks for bringing them back. Great job to do with your son.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#4 posted 08-08-2007 03:55 AM

Thanks a lot Thos.

My son actually got me involved. He’s the one that wanted to have a carrom board again. If he ever gets serious about woodworking, he will be better at it than me for sure!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#5 posted 08-08-2007 03:59 AM

Lee,

Thank you for the gracious comment. Yes, my son and I have done woodwork, automotive repair, and played a lot of tennis together.

I agree with you, that some of your favorite times are working on projects together. Neither of us watch TV, so we have more time for “constructive” things like this.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#6 posted 08-08-2007 04:01 AM

Bob,

This board was like the one you mentioned with checkers and backgammon on the back, but he wanted a “solid” carrom board with the lazy susan so you wouldn’t have to move all over to make your shots.

Thanks for the kind words.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 08-08-2007 04:19 AM

nice piece … good enough to hang on the wall

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 08-08-2007 04:27 AM

Turned out very nice. I know I like the time my Dad and myself spend together especially doing projects. That time spent is worth a lot….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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TomFran

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#9 posted 08-08-2007 04:34 AM

Thanks a lot Dan!

My son gets the credit for designing this board with the walnut sides, innovative lazy susan, and the solid MDF base. I was just his “grunt” cutting the wood and helping out.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#10 posted 08-08-2007 04:36 AM

Max – thank you!

I agree – good times doing profitable things together. And, we saved an antique game board from the land fill.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 08-08-2007 04:48 AM

Cool Game board repair! Great job Tom (& Son).

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#12 posted 08-08-2007 02:01 PM

Thanks Jack for the kind words.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 08-08-2007 08:36 PM

a treasure before.. and doubly so, now!
Congrats to your son on a vision/job well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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TomFran

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#14 posted 08-08-2007 09:09 PM

Thanks Debbie. I just read your post to him, and he appreciated the gracious comment.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 08-08-2007 10:18 PM

I’ve never heard of the game, but it looks like your son did a great job of restoring it back to usefulness.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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