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One of my sons has a leather checkers board but it has plastic checkers pieces.
So of course he knew Grumpy is a wood worker in his spare time, so he asked me to make some checkers out of wood.
Sounded easy enough until I went to work on it.
Easy enough to make one but make another 29 identical ones 28.4mm diameter and exactly 5mm thick with the grain running longitudinally turned out to be a challenge that needed some unusual innovation.
A metal lathe would have made the job much easier but my wood lathe is designed for hands on work.
I cut several 5+mm strips of Jarrah (a reddish wood) & houn Pine (a white/yellowish wood).
Next, I cut the pieces into oversized squares and milled them in my home made milling machine.



While the milling finish was reasonable it did not give consistent perfect results.
The innovation came by using a 15mm socket that fitted nicely in the inner ring cut by the milling machine.
I used the 15mm socket on the lathe to shape all of the pieces perfectly round and size consistent.


I then soaked all the pieces in tung oil overnight & burnished them on the lathe with my paint roller buffer.

Very happy with the result, all pieces identical enough and fit into 2×75mm slots on the checkers board

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Wow. I've only cut dowels to make flat checkers. I like how to solved the problem. Oh and I like that paint roller buffer.
 

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Thanks Woodify, The paint roller works well for buffing.
 

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Nicely worked out Grumpy and a great result, your son should be happy with those. Good idea using the paint roller as a buffer. Well done. Merry Christmas to you and family.
 

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Nice checkers Tony. I always wanted (and still do ) to make a board and checkers. This will help me along that journey. Cool milling machine.
 

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Very nicely done.

Everything always looks easier than it turns out to be!
 

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Thanks for looking Bob & merry Christmas to you and yours as well.
 

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Thanks Dave, I hope it will help.
 

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Ralbuck, you are right about that one buddy.
 

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How cool it that! Nicely done Tony! They look professionally made! Love that paint roller!
 

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well something different besides boxes and cutting boards-lol.i love it grump,and i really like your buffer,i may steal that idea,never would have thought of it buddy.i learn something every day here.
 

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Woodify, just one more comment on your reply. I thought of making a dowel and cutting the pieces off but I wanted the grain to run across the piece for more strength. I suppose I could have made a dowel with the grain running across the diameter but I would still have had the problem of cutting all the inner rings the same. Thanks for you thoughts on this.
 

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Thanks Tony, yes the roller works well & is a safe way to do it.
 

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Pottz, those cutting boards of yours are great. Thanks for looking Buddy.
 

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Pretty cool. Nice attention to detail to make them all the same!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Yes Jim, luckily they should pass the test.
 

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Tony nice job, Are they stable when they stack?
 

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Love it. That's innovation at it's finest.
 

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Beautiful work, congrats on a job well done!
 

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Simple things are some times harder than we think… Excellent result and way you go around solving the problem my friend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Very nice! I like the use of the lathe. I heard a paint roller is good for buffing.
 
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