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Project by M. Chippa posted 08-23-2020 12:46 PM 917 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Every now and then you bite off more than you can chew, and this was one of those projects for me. I had very little experience with veneering. After failing a bunch of times since this was supposed to be a christmas…and then birthday….and then father’s day gift I had all but written it off as one of those sects of woodworking that is just beyond my capabilities and I know if I continue practicing this could come out much better but I had to see it through

I went off dimensions found online and picked veneers that were accessible. A lot of the boards I had seen have a strip of veneer in the center but I coudln’t make it look right with alternating grain patterns so I continued to work it out with a single piece for both sides with only the triangles cut out.

The carcass and main veneer is black walnut and the triangles are cherry and maple for a contrasting look. The backgammon pieces are made again of cherry and maple that was turned down on the lathe and then cut on the bandsaw. Lastly the hinges are soss 10mm concealed in brass. not pictured are a pair of brass clasps.

Thanks for looking.





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 08-23-2020 02:26 PM

Very nice! Cutting all those triangles while trying for a perfect fit must be maddening!

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#2 posted 08-23-2020 02:52 PM

Beautiful work.
The different colors of the veneers look fantastic.
Great job.
Jon

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grovemadman

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#3 posted 08-23-2020 04:04 PM

Nice work, very detail oriented and fine joinery. There’s still time to give it as a gift… Great job!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#4 posted 08-23-2020 04:30 PM

I think you did a great job. did you make a jig to cut the pieces?

-- Petey

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M. Chippa

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#5 posted 08-23-2020 05:02 PM



Very nice! Cutting all those triangles while trying for a perfect fit must be maddening!

- splintergroup

Thank you, you have no idea hahaha


Beautiful work.
The different colors of the veneers look fantastic.
Great job.
Jon

- MrWolfe

I appreicate the kind words


Nice work, very detail oriented and fine joinery. There s still time to give it as a gift… Great job!

- grovemadman

late is always better than never, it will still be a surprise thankfully


I think you did a great job. did you make a jig to cut the pieces?

- Peteybadboy

Thank you! I cut the veneer all down close but oversized and sandwiched them inbetween 1/2 ply. Then I cut the one side at the angle. where I messed up a couple times was taking them out and sandwiching them again for the other side off that referenced cut – they moved around a bunch took a bunch of tries to get it right. The walnut was cut off each of the individual triangle since they all were slightly different

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BurlyBob

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#6 posted 08-23-2020 07:16 PM

That’s truly beautiful.

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Madmark2

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#7 posted 08-23-2020 07:26 PM

Really nice.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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bugradx2

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#8 posted 08-24-2020 02:17 PM

really great board! Nice job. Now just remember to double when you have control!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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whope

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#9 posted 08-24-2020 11:50 PM

Very nice. A backgammon board is on my list. But the veneering seems a bit daunting. Someday.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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James Frederick

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#10 posted 08-30-2020 06:07 AM

That’s a beautiful backgammon board, very well done.

-- Change begins somewhere, let it begin with me.

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