Homemade Checkerboard with Checkers!

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Project by DarrylJN posted 05-22-2011 01:24 AM 7021 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a pic of my homemade checkerboard, it’s made out of mahogany & white ash with an overall size of 15 1/2×15 1/2 and each square is 1 3/4×1 3/4. The checkers are 1 1/2 with the opposite wood color used as a 1/4 plug. I used General Finishes PolyAcrylic Water-Based Satin finish with 400 grit sandpaper in between coats.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 02:46 AM

Daryl, Welcome to LumberJocks. Nice looking game board, I like the idea of using the opposite color to plug the pieces.


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

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#2 posted 05-22-2011 03:39 AM

Thanks! I basically had to do something after using the hole saw to cut them which left the 1/4 inch hole.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#3 posted 05-22-2011 05:18 AM

Great project! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 05-22-2011 08:08 AM

Best Wishes .

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#5 posted 05-22-2011 05:08 PM

real nice work, did yourself proud

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#6 posted 05-22-2011 08:53 PM

Thanks nitewalker41, I really appreciate that. I’m just getting started into woodworking so that means a lot.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#7 posted 07-20-2011 02:17 PM

Great looking checkerboard! I may (will) borrow your idea and build one for our grandchildren to play on. How do you “King” a player? That is a question I have often thought about.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 07-20-2011 02:26 PM

Looks great. Did you use the FineWoodworking plan/method from a couple months ago? Looks very similar but has different dimensions. I’m following that plan at the moment and found it to be fairly easy to follow. Tedious to execute as veneer is never fun for me. Mine will look nearly identical with 2” square veneered strips (lots of taping). Thinking of putting a drawer in it as well for the pieces, but haven’t got that far.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#9 posted 07-20-2011 04:10 PM

Hey Jeff,
Thanks. I actually used a 50+ year old solid marble checkerboard (family heirloom) as my template to make this one. Let me know if you have anymore questions or need some advice on anything.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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