Checkerboard Project #5: Custom Carved Checkers Completed!

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Blog entry by Retsof posted 12-05-2012 04:23 AM 2754 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After several hours of carving with my Dremel tool over the last two days, I completed the custom checkers for this project. This was my first attempt at wood carving and with 48 sides to carve, it was a bit tedious, but not too difficult. My skills improved a good deal by day two and I took some extra time to go back over the first day’s checkers and make sure they were all pretty consistent.


I took some video of the carving process to post as a separate blog entry once I have time to edit it.

I tried out several stain colors on some scraps and decided on Ebony and Natural Danish Oil for the two colors. They are drying at the moment. After I seal them, I’ll polish them with a coating of Bee’s Wax to make them nice and slippery.

I think Lila is going to enjoy these. I know I can’t wait for our first game on Christmas Eve.



-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#1 posted 12-05-2012 09:50 AM

Those are nice. It would take patience to carve them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 12:01 PM

Lot of work there, nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 04:25 PM

Thanks Guys. It did take quite a bit of patience to carve that many sides. My right hand kept falling asleep on me. I’m glad this part of the project is over. These 2” checkers look a lot better than standard 1 1/4” checkers on the board I’m building, so it was worth all the extra work.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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