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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 563 days ago

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 563 days ago

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 563 days ago

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 562 days ago

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 562 days ago

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 562 days ago

Milton, this is very nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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 562 days ago

Well done Milton. Good for you.

-- Mark

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