Steve Ramsey's chess board

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Blog series by Jake updated 01-10-2014 06:12 AM 9 parts 20795 reads 54 comments total

Part 1: No planer, no jointer - a lot of problems

12-17-2013 08:51 PM by Jake | 11 comments »

Hello kind sir or madam. :) I watched Steve Ramsey’s chess board project like 6 months ago and I determined that I have to make this project. My dad is turning 60 in the beginning of January, so I decided to make this for him. He likes chess and the set we have at home is cheap and like 20 years old. He deserves better. Now I have started work on this project – yes I am late, I know… Anyhow, I have the wood and I started it, but I have a problem, a huge one to be hones...

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Part 2: Which woods to use? (design poll)

12-18-2013 09:30 PM by Jake | 0 comments »

Hello again, I am revisiting my idea abouty the woods to be used for the chess board. The top will be White oak and sapeli as originally planned, but I am having doubts about the other parts. When Looking at Mr WWMM legend Steve Ramsey’s videos, his chess board looks awesome with just 2 woods, but mine looks kind of plain when I put it in SU. So now I am toying with the idea of using more than 2 woods. Please have your say which one of the 4 you would choose, the colours are as close...

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Part 3: Slippery slope of handplanes

12-20-2013 05:11 AM by Jake | 5 comments »

So I did what was reccomended, the big differences in width I just used my handplanes to plane it down. I remember someone on the handplane forum saying that handplanes are a slippery slope… Well i feel like it it’s more of a botomless abyss, the fall from not using one to shopping for new ones has been a swift one… :) Anyhow, planed about 1/4 off of the chesss board top. The planing was fine, took me like 2-3 hours with sharpening and testing – this was my first...

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Part 4: Getting somewhere, no going back form handplanes

12-28-2013 08:52 AM by Jake | 3 comments »

Alright, from last entry I have done a few things, including decided on the end design, and new glue-up of the chess board itself. Also, I am now in the dark abyss of handplanes – no coming back. Bought a stanley sharpening kit (angle holder) which made a world of difference for me, I am getting such lovely shavings that I can’t bear to throw them away, this is crazy, but I love it. Anyhow, this is just a post of a lot of pics and also progress report. In the process so far ...

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Part 5: Paying stupid tax

12-28-2013 07:28 PM by Jake | 13 comments »

A friendly reminder to be safe in the shop! Pic really tells most of the story Got very stupid and very lucky all at the same time. Was cutting the inlays for the top of the chess board. (the bottom is glued up already). Was running some maple through the tablesaw to get some thin strips, as they were going through I figured I should catch them from the other side, because they were moving a bit… And the funny thing is , right before that I thought that – “Gee this ...

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Part 6: Getting close to the finish line

01-02-2014 09:20 PM by Jake | 3 comments »

Ok, a lot of pictures in this one. After my accident on saturday, I have just been taking my sweet time to be safe and work while I am at a 100% concentration, when I fall under that, i just leave the shop and come back later. Please excuse the pic quality, the lighting in the shop is still crap, I will get around to it once I get a few projects out of the way first. So, pics from production: Glueing up the bottom, messed up the plywood was about 1/8 too small on 2 sides, so I tried ...

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Part 7: Drawers made a lot of hand sanding to be done

01-06-2014 08:45 AM by Jake | 2 comments »

Just a short post with some pictures on where I am at. I am right on schedule with what I planned in my last entry: Top and bottom rounded over, this really made a world of difference in appearance, now it looks a lot more professional: Glueing up the sides, that was somewhat difficult, they did not line up perfectly even after some planing and handleing. To be honest i did not worry about it a lot, just because I don’t know about the moisture content of the wood or of my shop so ...

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Part 8: Surface coating in progress

01-08-2014 11:32 AM by Jake | 6 comments »

I know I said I wouldn’t post before I am finished, but I can’t help myself. I started putting on coats of laquer yesterday, will finish up today with 7 coats on the top and on the drawer fronts and 2 coats on everywhere else. Then i will start handpolishing tomorrow to have the present ready for delivery by saturday. I really just wanted to show off the big difference in laquer and no laquer versions. I was a bit hesitant at first, because I was not sure how the laquer would m...

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Part 9: Trials and tribulations

01-10-2014 06:12 AM by Jake | 11 comments »

I can’t help myself, I just keep messing up… The Trials and tribulations of being an amateur. Started sanding yesterday Since I did not fille the wood pores (did not find a suitable product in our hardware stores) the laquer was all over the places in ridges and valleys and to get it all even I should have put atleast 7 more coats on, then I could confortably sand it down to totally flat. But after first 20 minutes of handsanding I went to 400 grit OS. And that did...

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