Checkers Set

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Project by chevybowtieguy posted 07-17-2014 06:46 PM 1499 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This checkers board started out as a Steve Ramsey chess set, however I failed to account for blade kerf when I was initially cutting and gluing the top. Because of that miscalculation, I had to glue the final row of squares individually and then add them to the rest of the playing surface which was already glued up. I was so angry with myself for that misstep that i let the project sit for several months.

I ended up going with turning it into a checkers set for my 5 year old son. The top is walnut and spalted maple, while the frame is cherry. The playing surface is set in from the top of the frame 1/8 of an inch and the back is the same. The playing surface is actually set into a 1/4” rabbit inside the frame. This was to account for my earlier mistake which led to a non-square playing surface. It was off by about 1/8 of an inch. Having the playing surface free floating inside the frame allowed me to build the frame square and somewhat hide the inadaquacy of the play top.

The checkers themselves are made out of scraps from the playing surface. I didn’t come up with any Earth shattering ideas to make the pieces so I just used a 1 3/4” hole saw and used the hole to my advantage. The pieces will go on a string of parachute cord to keep my kids from losing them (hopefully) when they aren’t actually playing with the set.

The board is finished with two coats of spar urethane and the pieces of two coats of spray lacquer.

This was a fun project and an exercise in patience and humility.

  • I’m not sure why the pictures are oriented wrong. They keep changing sideways like that.

-- - chevybowtieguy

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#1 posted 07-18-2014 12:28 AM

Love the walnut and maple top. Looks great.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 05:57 AM

Thanks John. I appreciate it.

-- - chevybowtieguy

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#3 posted 07-19-2014 12:58 AM

Nice job. I got a board but never made the checkers. Thanks to you, I will now use a hole saw! Yours looks great.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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