Checker board set.

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Project by mds2 posted 10-22-2013 02:35 PM 853 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This checkerboard set was build by my Grandpa, Bazil Wenzel. Grandpa really doesn’t care for computers, but I thought I’d start posting some of the stuff he’s made. Bazil is a woodworker and finish carpenter with 75+ years of experience. At 91 he no longer has the strength to handle larger pieces of wood so he spends pretty much every day building small items in his shop. This checkerboard is made from maple and french cedar. He made 44 of these in the last few days.

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#1 posted 10-22-2013 02:54 PM


Looks nice too!

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 02:56 PM

Nice work,,,, I should do the same for my Dad. He make some amazing stuff but has never posted or signed up on here. The only time he does is when I post something.

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

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 03:03 PM

Wow. We should all hope to be so productive and long-lived.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 03:44 PM

This is a really nice project done very well.

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 10-22-2013 03:48 PM

It’s great that you are able to enjoy time with your Grandpa, nice job.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 10-22-2013 04:20 PM

Pretty incredible productivity at any age, “44 boards/boxes in past few days” I am in awe, must be the 75+ years experience, and no doubt a good supply of clamps/layout area :)

Thanks for sharing his work, very nice looking project…

-- Dan

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#7 posted 10-22-2013 04:59 PM

A while back I read on old adage somewhere on a woodworking website. It said “first you get good, then you get fast”. Grandpa personifies that. He is an absolute machine in the shop.

He got his first power miter saw 2 or 3 years ago. After using it a little bit he says “Do you have any idea how much more I could have got done?!” In reference to his professional career.

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#8 posted 10-23-2013 07:00 PM

:) lol, no doubt!! Truely amazing…

-- Dan

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#9 posted 10-28-2013 03:29 PM

Wow! Great looking set and 44 sets in just a few days! Amazing work for GrandPa. Great to know that you are proud of him.

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