Chess board. #3: Making the board..

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Blog entry by degoose posted 11-07-2010 10:28 PM 2200 reads 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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From yesterdays post you know that I have a new friend.. he makes chess pieces… and I am making a chess board for him… it has to be larger than the standard international size.. which is 45 mm [1 3/4 inches] per side of each square…

This new board is made from Queensland Maple [flindersia brayleyana] and Silver Ash [flindersia shottiana].. and the squares have been beefed up to 70 mm [2 3/4 inches.]

First step .. rip and dress to size… I am actually making two boards… one at 70 mm and the other at 55 mm for the new pieces.. this one is Qld Maple and Camphor Laurel [cinnamomum camphora]

Glue and clamp.. notice the glue I use is TiteBond III

This is not a full tutorial on making a board… so

Cross cut and rotate and glue and clamp… and…

Use cauls to ensure the sides are straight.. hence the squares will all line up..

This shot shows the two together for size comparison.

And the trademark teaser…

What will it be????

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 11:10 PM

Nice work, Larry.

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 11:30 PM

how about a bad around the outside of purple heart…..:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 11:33 PM

these chess boards are always fun larry…ive made a few myself and enjoy using different woods to get different looks…using the cauls is a good idea also..alignment is very desirable…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 12:33 AM

I’m gonna have to make one of these myself now, eh Larry?

I figure on doing mine with marquetry and about standard size. Just have to give some thought to a nice border design that adds to the look without being distracting. Maybe just a solid wood “frame”?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 10:26 AM

Looks good Larry.


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#6 posted 11-08-2010 06:23 PM

So that’s why my woodworking is so poor! I haven’t been using Titebond lll. Well, actually I have, but I’m not sure it has helped much. At least my projects are waterproof. Regardless Larry, I know that if I keep reading your blogs I will eventually be a better woodworker, Titebond lll or not!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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