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Project by Milton Toal posted 02-13-2013 05:04 AM 686 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a 19 y-o grandson with behaviour problems. He is severely epileptic and that causes some very sharp mood swings. He loves Chess, which I taught him many years ago and is fairly good at it so I threw him a challenge; from 23rd October if his Mum agreed that he had behaved in a socially acceptable manner for one month, I would make him his very own chessboard.

Since you are looking at it, you know he stuck at it and you probably also know that if you can change your behaviour for 30 days, the change is permanent.

End-grain Jarrah and Arakaria with a Redgum edge, finished with Tung, we presented it at Christmas and told all the family that he had earned it so he got re-inforcement.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 02-13-2013 05:13 AM

Nice job!

Cool board!

Thank you

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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USAFPOL

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#2 posted 02-13-2013 05:14 AM

Great piece of work and an even greater story behind it, thanks for sharing and good luck and I hope you two have a great time using this board!

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degoose

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#3 posted 02-13-2013 07:16 AM

Nice… and for those who done know…Arakaria… is Hoop Pine… aracaria cunninghamii
There is a story behind this name… not sure if it is true but when someone tried to export hoop pine to Japan, they did not want pine… so he named it Arakaria…with a ‘k’ and it goes there by the boat load…
Correct me if I am wrong… still makes a good story…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 02-13-2013 12:12 PM

Pretty! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 02-13-2013 03:02 PM

Nice job and congrats on his success. Motivation is amazing at times. Enjoy the games.

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

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 02-13-2013 03:07 PM

Milton, this is very nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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Mark

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#7 posted 02-13-2013 05:38 PM

Well done Milton. Good for you.

-- Mark

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