How About a Game of Chinese Checkers?


Working at a robotic power tools company has really gotten me back into woodworking, a hobby that I had previously pursued when I was much younger. I’m particularly proud of this Chinese Checkers set that I just completed (with some help from my girlfriend and my awesome co-workers). The board is a (very heavy) glue-up of solid White Oak slabs. I used a special plunge-cutting ball bit to make the marble holes. The triangles are made using a simple engraving bit, and then the whole thing is cut out using a 1/4″ spiral upcut bit. I got marbles from Amazon. The board is finished with a coat of linseed oil. This design and many others will be available for Shaper Origin users to download and make on their when we start shipping Origin later this year.

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  1. Hi Mr Blum,

    I love your work and have been following you for years.
    I would buy a Shaper Origin in and instant…and almost did in the first offering, but I live in Australia.
    I am on the email list but please, please be sure that the word gets out as soon as a 240v 50hz model is offered for people like us Down Under.
    Keep up the great work,
    Kind regards,


  2. Hi Jeremy, I haven’t played Chinese Checkers in I’ll bet 60 years! Brings back old memories that’s for sure. The set I played on was a stamped metal affair that was very noisy when the marbles hit it. If you’re ever in Chicago I challenge you to a game. Looks great.

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