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Bug Checkers.You Make Them from Dowels, Just for the Fun of It

Magazine article Sunset

Bug Checkers.You Make Them from Dowels, Just for the Fun of It

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Bug checkers . . . you make them from dowels, just for the fun of it

It's bees versus ladybugs in the game of bug checkers. Round wooden insects do colorful battle on any standard checker-board, to the delight of players accustomed to ordinary red and black markers.

Bug checkers start out as 12 to 13 inches of 1 1/4-inch-diameter hardwood dowel (sold in 3-foot lengths at lumberyards). To give the wood fly-away forms, you'll need a small bottle of gesso or wood sealer, two 1/4- or 1/3-ounce bottles each yellow and red enamel (used for model making), one 1/4- or 1/3-ounce bottle of black enamel, fine sandpaper, and a fine-tipped (number 2 or 3) paintbrush. Also have paint thinner at hand to clean the brush. Total cost to make the checkers will be about $12 if you have to buy all the materials.

Using a radial-arm saw, table saw, or handsaw in a miter box, cut 24 rounds, each 3/8 inch thick. …

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