Chessboard from Woodsmith

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Project by BburgBoy posted 12-24-2018 03:12 AM 1056 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this chessboard and storage unit from Woodsmith plans for a Christmas present. Plans called for the board to be constructed from veneer pieces mounted to a hardwood frame. Woodsmith gave ample instructions on the technique, which I followed…up to a point. Alas, I totally screwed up the veneering and got huge bubbles. (I suspect that I had too much glue and forgot to roll the veneer before clamping in the sandwich.)

So while I headed back to the proverbial drawing board…I remembered seeing a George Vondriska WWGOA video on making chess boards. I figured maybe a solid board would be better than veneer anyway. I followed George’s technique and this is the result.

As you can see, the board looks good. To cover the edges, I veneered strips of 1/16” walnut. That’s a technique – ripping thin strips – I have wanted to learn and made a jig, which worked well. The board is maple and walnut. The box is ash. Finished with spray polyurethane.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#1 posted 12-24-2018 05:11 AM

Nice.. I really like the flip top design for storage!!! good job

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#2 posted 12-24-2018 06:15 AM

Beautiful board/box. I like the way you open it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-25-2018 01:51 PM

Good save! A nice end product and a gift I’m sure will be appreciated.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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