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You know it's a good day when you've got sawdust in your underwear!

So I woke up this morning and decided to hell with chores, I'm gonna go make some sawdust! One of my favorite things in the whole world is woodworking. I don't get a chance to indulge in it much anymore... but when I do, I go all out!
So here's the story, Lylie asked a while ago if I could run a 9 Men's Morris tournament at Coronation, I said sure! One problem, I only have one Twelve Men's Morris board.

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So with that in mind I went down into the shop at around 9:30 this morning coffee in hand and started looking around. Some scrap lumber laying about, and a couple of runs of the table saw later... and I've got me a dozen blanks cut up!

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I then proceeded to assemble a "mini" (yeah right) drill press that I had bought like a year ago and just never got around to assembling since I didn't have a project to use it for. Some pencil marks later I've now got the holes for the pegs drilled out.

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But I wanted these boards to be a little unique, not just a regular slab of wood with some holes in it! But what can you dress up a 9 Men's Morris board with? So I broke out my table router again and started playing around... How's this? (bottom view of the board)

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After that a quick coat of stain later...

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About the only thing left to do is draw the movement lines on and finish them off! Letting the stain dry and maybe tomorrow I'll finish them off with a wax sealer coat, rather than Poly... Takes a bit more work to do, but I like the results better!

And yes I did have sawdust in my underwear... :-)
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I need some feedback from fighters...

As per the tag above, I need some help from ya'll...

Here's the Question:
What your qualification/s of a "Great" fighter (Heavy, Rapier, Martial arts, or whatever)?

What I'm looking for is the qualities that make a person a great fighter... after I've been able to pool over some responces I'll post on why I'm asking the question.
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New Beginings...

Ok new year, new Internet thingy to play with...

Random thought of the day...

How is it that if your in a rush to work that you catch EVERY single red light on the way?