Checkerboard for Father's Day

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Project by HokieKen posted 06-17-2019 01:25 PM 1040 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Grandfather mentioned a while back how much he enjoys playing checkers with all his buddies at the Vetrans’ center and has been teaching his great-grandkids how to play. So, I decided for Father’s day this year, I’d make him a checkerboard. I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked so I ended up buying wooden checkers to go with it. I plan to turn a set of matching checkers though and give those to him for Christmas. Or sooner if I get to it before then. So, for Christmas… ;-)

The board is locally harvested White Oak and Walnut and the border is some Curly Maple I got from my buddy Grant. The border is attached with Walnut dowels aligned with the Walnut squares and the butt joints are pinned with 1/8” stainless rod.

Thanks for looking. Comments and questions welcomed as always!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#1 posted 06-17-2019 01:29 PM

How many squirrels were harmed in the making of this checker board?


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#2 posted 06-17-2019 02:29 PM

Good looking board, Kenny. Nicely done.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 06-17-2019 02:40 PM

Beautiful project!!!!!. Your GP is a very lucky man. I’m sure that he will be astonished at such a piece of art. You and he must have a highly special relationship. Your doing this for him, nearly brought me to tears. You, my friend, are a very rare breed. Many seniors are not thought enough of today, to have someone do something so special for them. Hope you can make his Christmas equally unique.

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#4 posted 06-17-2019 03:28 PM

Good job brother! I hear there’s a big old PM lathe in that shop looking for some attention? Impatiently waiting.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#5 posted 06-17-2019 03:48 PM

Nice gift Kenny! The perfect wood combo.

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#6 posted 06-17-2019 05:20 PM

one beautiful checker board Kenny …… I do love the walnut dowels it adds to the combo just perfectly … GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 06-17-2019 06:00 PM

Nicely done sir, between the cape, squirrel and gibblet less turkey I see you do have some fine woodworking skills.

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#8 posted 06-17-2019 06:06 PM

The best kinds of projects are the ones that see a bunch of use by family and friends. Well done looks great.

-- Change begins somewhere, let it begin with me.

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#9 posted 06-17-2019 07:23 PM

The pegs are a nice detail.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 06-17-2019 07:23 PM

Nice! looks very similar to a chess board ;)

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#11 posted 06-17-2019 11:04 PM

Turned out looking great Ken.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 06-17-2019 11:10 PM

Great job buddy! It will surely please your GP. Yes, you definitely need to make your own customized checker pieces to make it complete.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#13 posted 06-17-2019 11:28 PM

Excellent job Ken, and such a worthy project. I bet your Grandfather and all the veterans loved it!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 06-18-2019 04:09 AM

Nice checker board. It is on my list of things. The border definitely plays a role on it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 06-18-2019 05:13 AM

Awesome gift! Very well made….clean work…very precise.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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