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.
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:
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:
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.
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: Attachment 17088
A two person game in progress: Attachment 17089
Storing the marbles: Attachment 17090