making the wobble chess board

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Blog entry by Jim Sellers posted 03-15-2015 05:57 PM 8468 reads 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For anyone interested in how the board was formed. the pictures of the jig tells most of the story.I sanded the tops one by one with an abrasive wheel. If I had to do it again I wouldn’t do any sanding til I had the whole board glued up. Even though I had the tops pretty smooth, after it was glued up, I still had to sand again to make sure the seams and corners were all flushed up. I made a couple of sanding discs out of a plywood disc and different grit paper which actually worked much better than the abrasive wheel…..

Precision is very critical with the square stock. I ripped down 8/4 boards and then ran them through the planer making sure they were all 1.73” square…..

The nylon ring is probably not totally necessary but I just happened to have it and thought it would make for smoother revolutions…...

The blade is 4 1/4”. Once I cut the base disc exactly to size, I glued blocks to keep stock from leaning. By spinning and slowly pushing down the stock, the pieces are cut. Only takes about 3 revolutions. They didn’t come out as smooth as I hoped but that’s what sandpaper is for…...

I turned the main pieces on a spindle 2 at a time, head to head. Turned the pawns 4 at a time.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 09:18 PM

Clever, really a creative solution.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 12:44 AM

Ah-hah! Thnx Jim. That chess set came out spectacular.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 03:35 PM

Very unique and clever. Thanks for sharing

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 03:57 PM

I like that technique, and the chessboard. Good stuff.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 05-15-2016 03:30 PM

A unique technique indeed. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 03-11-2018 01:17 AM

Thanks for your hard work on making that blog. Very informative

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#7 posted 12-16-2018 01:17 AM

Jim – Great Job! and very nice project. Very creative

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