A Fun & Easy Project

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 11-12-2017 02:50 AM 1832 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a recent difficult project which took longer to build and was harder then expected, I needed an easy fun project to build.
And, with Christmas coming right around the corner, I thought some game boards were in order.
They always make nice, small presents.
So, I happened to get Woodsmith issue 223 in the mail and it had three different game board builds in it.
I chose the Checker Board game. It was a lot of fun to make and not hard at all.

I used up some Maple, Sapele, Cedar and Mahogany shorts I had on the shelf and went at it.
It turned out so fun, that after I had my set-ups dialed in, I made ten of them before I knew it.
The pocket where the checkers are kept was routed out with a bowl bit.
I used the suggested barrel hinges on most and made a couple with book binding backs to change it up a little, and installed rare earth magnets in all for closures.
Those rare earth magnets are really powerful and will make sure the checkers don’t come out.
After staining the darker square with General Finishes Java gel stain, I finished the boards up with some spray lacquer.
All in all, it was some very fun shop time, and I hope the people who receive them like them.
I’m sure I will have answer the question, “where do you plug them in?” more them once…haha

Thanks for looking and have a great day

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#1 posted 11-12-2017 03:05 AM

nice way to get your mojo working for the holidays
start out easy
and enjoy from there

happy holidays to you
(is that still proper to say) ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-12-2017 03:07 AM

Nice work on the boards, Eric!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-12-2017 03:08 AM

Those look great. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 11-12-2017 03:12 AM

Wow – you were busy! Nice work on a cool gift idea!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 11-12-2017 12:41 PM

Nice project Eric! It’s nice to have a place to store the checkers and the magnetic catch is a great idea.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 11-12-2017 01:05 PM

Nice work, Im sure those who receive them will be most appreciative.

Did you sign and number them so they’ll be special limited editions?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 11-12-2017 01:52 PM

Great work Eric. Hand-made gifts (think loving heart) are best and always welcome and appreciated.
Did you make the checkers on your own too?


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#8 posted 11-12-2017 03:14 PM

Nicely done!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#9 posted 11-12-2017 03:33 PM

Those are really Cool, Eric!

I like that “book binding” hinge.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 11-12-2017 04:39 PM

You did a fine job on these game boards and they looks nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 11-13-2017 12:27 AM

Eric, , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 11-13-2017 04:54 AM

Nicely done Eric, these will make great Christmas gifts.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 11-13-2017 02:06 PM

There will sure be some happy faces.
Fine boards.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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