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Project by bent posted 05-10-2008 11:07 PM 1611 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i made this checkerboard for my grandfather as a christmas gift. it has a nice personal touch, because the walnut in it came from a tree in his front yard. it was a beautiful tree, but unfortunately, my dad had it cut into firewood before i could get my hands on it. i took some pieces off of his woodpile and made this. it was difficult because at the time i didn’t own a planer or jointer. the individual squares were all cut with a miter saw and “planed” to thickness with a router and homemade jig. the checkers are actually backgammon pieces that i purchased online, as i ran out of time to make some before christmas. in the last picture, you can see toby from my quality control department giving it the final inspection before i wrapped it.





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Paul D

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 11:54 PM

Nice checkerboard Ben. A very nice design with the drawer.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Napaman

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#2 posted 05-10-2008 11:57 PM

great job…i am currious about the “planing” with the router…amzing job…I am sure he liked it…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Copperjock

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 01:59 AM

Really nice board. I can only imagine the things you’ll be turning out when you do get a planer and jointer. Great work!

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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jjohn

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#4 posted 05-11-2008 04:20 AM

Nice ! I like the drawer design as well as the top.

-- JJohn

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#5 posted 05-11-2008 06:49 AM

Great board, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 05-11-2008 07:06 AM

That drawer idea is great! Nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 12:56 PM

This is a very nice checkerboard and the inclusion of the drawer was a good idea. Thanks for sharing the story behind it as well. I have often said that the story is as important as the piece itself and this is no exception.

Well done and thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 07-21-2008 10:24 PM

Fantastic board with the drawer included in the design … Brings me back to the early 60’s when I used to play checkers with my Grandfather : ) Thanks for the memories : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-21-2008 10:31 PM

I like the use of contrasting woods. It really pops out. Looks great.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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