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Project by Razor posted 01-10-2014 08:54 PM 1583 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow, this one took a lot of patience and perseverance. I burned the first two because I screwed them up. The back is African Mahogany (Spico). The interior includes Walnut, Cherry, H. Maple & a couple of other species of Mahogany that I had laying around the shop. I bought the checkers , dice & cups from “The Backgammon Store” online. If I can ever afford to buy the lathe that I want, I’ll make the checkers myself. I welcome any thoughts & comments. Thx all.

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 01:31 AM

Yow! Good job. That is some precision stuff.

A little confused here though, did you do this with veneers or solid wood?

I am impressed.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 06:45 AM

Looks great

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 09:40 AM

One for my to do list…

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

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 11:02 AM

Steve – These are pieces resawn to about 1/4” thick

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 08:29 PM

Nice end result Razor > a BG board has been on my “long” to-do list and your project here sets the bar high. Did you make a table saw sled specifically for these cuts? they look so clean

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#6 posted 01-12-2014 10:29 AM

Your board looks very nice. I know how difficult it is to do as I made one years ago and made quite a stuff-up of it. I ended up with a wooden box, but a leather insert for the playing surface.

In the years since I have spent some time working out how to do it better as it is still on my to-do list as well. In the end I came up with the design of a sled to make the pieces for the playing surface. I have not tried it myself, but sent drawings through to Don who used my design, so it seems that it does work. Don posted this project which, from the correspondence that I had with him is, I think, a second board that he made (he did not post the first on LJs). If anyone would like a copy of the sled design, send me a pm with your e-mail address. I can send a Sketchup file, or otherwise a pdf document.

Razor, perhaps you can comment, but the key lessons I learned when I made my board were:
  1. First, buy or make your pieces. The board dimensions are derived from multiples of the piece with the largest diameter. No, they are not always all the same. Yes, you do need to measure each and every one of them – accurately.
  2. Next, make the playing surface.
  3. Last, make the box for the playing surface to go into.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 12:22 AM

Excellent board. I started to make one years ago but didn’t have the knowledge or skill to make it right. It’s on my todo list to make it right someday. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Fergie in CO

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 05:36 PM

thank really beautiful board, we done.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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