Checkers anyone?

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Checkers anyone?

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I was looking for some good Christmas gifts to make and came across a chinese checkers board from Woodworker's Journal:

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/make-chinese-checkerboard-using-cnc-router/.

They provided a .crv file with the instructions, so I just had to buy a cove bit, glue up some hardwoods, and I was ready to go. I made several cherry and walnut boards, and they were very well received by family and friends.

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I would highly recommend making some of these boards, as it's a simple game that can be played with younger kids as well as older ones. As things become more and more electronic and individualized, it was a lot of fun to actually play a board game together as a family. I've received several compliments from those I gave them to saying the same thing.

I got the marbles from Marble King (http://www.shop.marblekingusa.com/product.sc?productId=293&categoryId=2). They're also available on ebay, but ordering direct was a little cheaper considering shipping costs. They aren't the most perfect marbles, but they certainly suffice for a board game.

I also bought some velvet bags for marble storage on ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/301224922990?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT). These worked great and are a good size.

Anyway, this turned out to be a good choice for Christmas!

Van

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Very nice!!
I totally agree about the electronics taking over the world of entertainment.
At Xmas time our family broke out and dusted off the Canasta cards. Had a fantastic time without the need of batteries. :D

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Great looking boards . I remember playing this as a kid , would make a good gift for the grandkids . Thanks pop's
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Thanks Van, Just bought a Ball End Plunge Cutter for Marble Mazes and this will be an excellent second use :)
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I think that would be great on the backside of an aggravation board.

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Nice job! We still play 'real' games at every family gathering.
Add a marble storage groove and you can hang them on the wall.
Bit is available from Rockler.
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What's the name of the bit? Thanks

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Thanks, Van. I see several of these in my family's gifts for next Christmas. Great idea.

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Thanks for the comments. I had seen and gotten inspired by Dale's boards when I was looking. I had also considered double-sided boards, but in my crunch for time I decided to just go with the WWJ version since they were pretty much ready to go. Maybe version 2 next year!

Van

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