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    new project

    I took my brother to a couple of tag sales here sunday morning before football, and before he had to fly back home.
    I never know what Ill find, I always look at tools first.
    I spotted this marble chess board. I examined it. board was in perfect shape, some of the pieces were reglued, it was marked 40 dollars.
    I did a quick internet search, sets like this sell for 100-200 dollars.
    I cannot rate quality of marble, Im no expert.this thing is extremely heavy.
    The boards alone go for close to 75 dollars or more.(maybe less I didn't go nuts looking at prices)
    I offered 20, they said, cant do it, 25, I walked away.
    a minute later she said, ok, 20.
    so this will be one of my future projects, probably a winter project.
    Not sure exactly how I will incorporate it, maybe into a small end table, walnut? cherry? maybe into a small separate wood frame to make it a bit less stone looking. Really not sure, but for 20 bucks, I think Im off to a good start, I don't care about the pieces, I can always purchase new pieces or let someone else purchase new pieces.

    been off my feet, still battling this metatarsal bursitis nonsense, but feeling better off my feet.
    today was first day back in shop to clean up a bit more and repair a frame I damaged.
    I spent most of the day again looking for my hammer. Had the thing for nearly 40 years(maybe 35-40?), and boom, its gone.
    The only thing I can think of, is that when I pounded down some outdoor Halloween decorations in the ground with it, I left it outside on the front bushes, and it must have rusted up and the gardener found it and figured it was junk and tossed it.
    I haven't seen him in weeks, so I doubt his workers will even remember.
    And ofcourse, 2 days in a row, I need a hammer. I haven't used it before pounding down the lawn ornaments for maybe 6 months, and wont need it again for another 6 months.
    Im done searching. Im going to buy a new one tomorrow.Its aggrevating. I don't lose tools.
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    Heck of a deal Allen! That should be real nice once finished. Cherry would look great next to the black and white in my opinion.
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    If you're like me, the lost hammer will show up approximately 7.34 minutes after you get home with the new one.
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    Nice score Allen. Since you can turn, why not go back in time and find Stu's post of when he made chess pieces and make your own set.
    As to you r hammer I can totally relate. And I absolutely hate loosing anything especially tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    If you're like me, the lost hammer will show up approximately 7.34 minutes after you get home with the new one.
    Found my 'lost' 50 year old Stanley the day after I bought it's Estwing replacement...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Nice score Allen. Since you can turn, why not go back in time and find Stu's post of when he made chess pieces and make your own set.
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    its simple. Im not anywhere as talented a turner as stu.
    I struggle to turn pens.
    theres nothing that ruins your week or month, or year, like taking on a project that is way above your pay grade.
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    Ah, Allen I'd bet you could pull off making a nice set... the main challenge would be to avoid being to much of a perfectionist on yourself from what I've seen

    I will be interested to see what you end up doing here as I have an almost identical set although its in rose quartz instead of black.. somewhere around here..

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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    ...theres nothing that ruins your week or month, or year, like taking on a project that is way above your pay grade.
    I disagree (somewhat) with that, Allen. I've often looked at a project or product and said "I'm gonna try that!" even though it was something I'd never done before. I gotta admit, my success rate has been way less than 100% - maybe even less than 50% - but on the theory of 'nothing ventured; nothing gained,' nearly every one was a learning experience.
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    woodworking is a challenge for me everytime I do something.

    Im content not trying to do something Im not ready for yet.

    I don't have to prove to myself just how untalented I am, I just accept it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    ...I don't have to prove to myself just how untalented I am, I just accept it.
    You drastically underestimate yourself, my friend!
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