Chess Board

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Project by Mike_190930 posted 11-01-2019 03:45 AM 1022 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A chessboard made as a learning exercise in precision fitting. Tiles are black walnut and hard maple on a hidden plywood base. Boarder is a thin strip of oak with a leapardwood frame. Finish is several coats of poly varnish buffed to a high gloss finish.

-- Huh? Whadaya mean it ain't "measure once cut twice"?

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#1 posted 11-01-2019 09:34 AM

Nice work,

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-01-2019 03:40 PM

This is on my list as a present for my son.
You did a great job.
Any building advice?

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 11-02-2019 07:47 PM

This is on my list as a present for my son.
You did a great job.
Any building advice?

- fivecodys

Making a chess board can be both simple and deceptively tricky at the same time. Make sure your lumber is good and dry, and let the various boards live together for a week or two so that they are all at the same moisture level. That gives the most stable assembly, but even then the maple and walnut will expand in the cross grain direction at slightly different rates. That can tend to open small cracks at the joints over time. The ‘fix’ was to use a plywood base to help stabilize it. Even then, once glued together, the thing tended to dome up a bit, so I used a drum sander to do the final leveling after letting it sit for a few days. Other than that, make sure the table saw is tuned up as best you can so everthing comes out exactly the same width when you rip the initial boards. Or, if you have it, gang the boards together and take a light pass through the planer to get the width spot on. The rest is an exercise in glueing it all together, first alternating dark and light strips to make a striped panel, then cross cutting rows to the same length as the board widths, and glueing these to make the final 8×8 squares pattern.

-- Huh? Whadaya mean it ain't "measure once cut twice"?

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