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    Making a Chinese Checker Board

    In the last few days, I made a Chinese Checker board that I will be giving my granddaughter Brooke for her 6th birthday next week. I started with the ends of the cherry boards that I used to make the quilt rack that I gave to Margaret for Christmas.

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    After the boards were smoothed and glued, I used a template and a special drill bit that I purchased from Rockler three years ago to drill game board holes:

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    I made another board out of cedar a couple of years ago and had trouble with the bit leaving a rough texture in the hole which I then had to sand. This did not happen in the harder cherry.

    I like the pattern created by the chips in the holes when the template was removed:

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    Walnut pieces (cut out of 2 massive planks the Brian @ Muir gave to me) were glued along the two sides and a cherry Miller Dowel was attached through the walnut to the centre of each of the cherry boards.

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    On the underside, I made a shallow box with a sliding lid to hold the marbles:

    The board was finished with five coats of a ‘rub-on then off right away’ mixture of 3 parts clear Danish oil and one part varnish. I am very happy with the result. Below are three pictures:

    The board set up for six people to play: Click image for larger version. 

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    A two person game in progress: Click image for larger version. 

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    Storing the marbles: Click image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 01-23-2008 at 07:32 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    That's really cool, Frank.

    That's the sort of thing that sells at craft fairs--how long did it take you to put it together and finish it?
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    Thanks Nancy.

    I figure that the total time that I spent on the project was somewhere between 4 and 5 hours.
    Cheers, Frank

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    That's awesome Frank, those quickie projects are really fun to make.

    Tony, BCE '75

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    That looks real nice Frank, I'm sure your granddaughter will enjoy it.
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    Very nice, Frank. I'll bet there are a lot of kids these days who wouldn't have any idea how to play the game. Good to see you passing the torch to your grandkids.
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    Nice work Frank , you are giving me ideas for when my grand kids are older
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    Very neat. That is something she will keep and treasure for many years.
    Two questions: How did you manage to maintain accurate, straight lines when drilling? Were you just real careful?
    And, the grooves, how did you do that? Plunge router?
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    Frank, I can answer that question. Rockler offers a template for drilling these boards, along with the bit necessary. Just put the template on the board and start drilling. I think the grooves are included in the template, IIRC. They also make the templates for peg games for those little 4x4" pieces of wood that you don't know what to do with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy Laird View Post
    Frank, I can answer that question. Rockler offers a template for drilling these boards, along with the bit necessary. Just put the template on the board and start drilling. I think the grooves are included in the template, IIRC. They also make the templates for peg games for those little 4x4" pieces of wood that you don't know what to do with.

    Nancy
    Thanks. I rarely open my Rockler catalog. Will take a look.
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