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Project by oldskoolmodder posted 09-29-2008 11:39 PM 2149 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a project that I had the good fortune to be able to make with my Uncle about 15 years or more, ago. He’d just gotten a Shopsmith Mark V, and I was delivering my old computer to him, as I’d just built a new one for myself. He didn’t know how to pay me for the computer, so I suggested that I’d like to have a nice chess board, and since he had the new tool, we looked in his pile of wood, and found some beautiful clear redwood and clear pine. Each strip was joined on the horizontal drill press part of the Shopsmith and glued and doweled together.

It might not sound like a fair trade, straight off the top, but the time spent with my now passed Uncle, is something I can always think about, whenever I use this board. He mostly supplied the wood and glue and tools, while he watched me cut and put the wood together in the right order. At the end of the day, after I’d explained to him, how the computer worked and how he could put his Hotwheels inventory into a database, the board was finished. It’s as straight and beautiful today as it was the day we built it together.

I’m going to build a nice game table with storage underneath in the coming weeks or months as I find tim eot do projects for myself, but wanted to put this piece out, now.

Thanks for looking,

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#1 posted 09-30-2008 02:05 AM

Nice baord and a nice story!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-30-2008 08:08 AM

Very nice, well done. Looking forward to seeing the games table next.


-- Woody, UK

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#3 posted 09-30-2008 10:17 PM

Thanks guys, I’m looking forward to getting this table done as well. Now all I have to do is design it around the board and some drawers I picked up at the Goodwill for $1.99 each.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 04-05-2009 11:39 PM

Pretty Table!:)

-- How much wood could a wood chick chuck if a wood chick could chuck wood?

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#5 posted 04-05-2009 11:58 PM

A great story. That make projects all the more real.

A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 04-06-2009 12:00 AM

Thanks… This coming back up reminds me to get started on that table, I mentioned I wanted to make.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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