Checker Board

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Project by kevinbradshaw posted 08-01-2014 03:43 PM 1486 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t play chess, but my daughter loved the idea of making a board we could play games on.

This one is made out of Peruvian Walnut and Maple. It ended up not being completely square, so i just decided to round the edges and keep it the way it is, instead of putting a border around it. I glued some thin plywood to the back just for some extra security and then covered it with green felt. The playing surface is finished with General Finish PolyAcrylic – about 4 coats.

This was my first experience using my router as a planer. It work amazingly well and I used scrap MDF to make the jig. Can’t wait to use it again.

I also cut up a failed chess board project to make some plaing pieces for checkers. i think they are maple and cherry. I still have to finish them. I cut them into squares on the band saw and then rounded them on the belt sander.

-- Kevin - Tampa, FL

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#1 posted 08-01-2014 05:44 PM

Verry nice and simple.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 07:37 PM

I like this, cant wait to do something similar and I like seeing the router used to flatten .

-- WoodRipper

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#3 posted 08-02-2014 11:18 PM

Good job on this board. Really like that maple!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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