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Project by recycle1943 posted 01-21-2022 09:34 PM 839 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned 2 chess/checker boards. I used the ‘standard’ size of 2” squares but I made them my way. Picture 5 shows a few left over pieces of the 4” planks I made by laminating a 2” x 3/8” walnut to the same size oak resawn boards. I made them 19” long allowing for cuts on the table saw and one extra on eack plank.
As usual I neglected to take any process pictures but the process was pretty simple. I cut the 4” wide planks in 2” pieces and then glued them to a 20” piece of BB plywood. It ended up 32 pieces on each board then I trimmed all 4 sides making sure to maintain square.
Then I cut 1/8” strips of oak and glued those to the 4 outside edges and then made my walnut frame work. Pictures 3 shows the oak and walnut trim and and picture 4 is a close up of the luck of the Irish ( a fairly tight miter) I forgot to mention that both boards measure about 18” square
Both of these will go to the same client that ordered the last batch of saw dust.

Thanks for looking and any suggestions about an easier way to do this will be accepted with many thanks.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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987Ron

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#1 posted 01-21-2022 09:37 PM

Nice tight joints making a good looking boards. Nice work

-- Ron

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#2 posted 01-21-2022 09:38 PM

All I can say is beautiful boards!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 01-21-2022 09:41 PM

Nice boards

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 01-21-2022 09:44 PM

The way we did it in high school wood shop was to cut eight individual strips, each 2” wide, glue them up into a full board of stripes, then the next day, cut them the other way into two inch strips (same table saw setup as the previous day), and flip half of them end for end, gluing them up alternating. Then put on backing and add borders.

That said, you seem to have done a fine job and they look great.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 01-21-2022 10:13 PM

Great professional looking work…Beauties…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 01-21-2022 10:41 PM

987Ron
VanDesignWoodworkin
oldrivers
mtnwild

Thanks for looking guys

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 01-21-2022 10:43 PM



The way we did it in high school wood shop was to cut eight individual strips, each 2” wide, glue them up into a full board of stripes, then the next day, cut them the other way into two inch strips (same table saw setup as the previous day), and flip half of them end for end, gluing them up alternating. Then put on backing and add borders.

That said, you seem to have done a fine job and they look great.

- Dave Polaschek

Dave, I had considered doing it that way but I had concerns about clamping and all the other things involved with glueing and clamping that many pieces.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 01-21-2022 10:53 PM

Great job Dick. Those miters are some of the best around. Nicely done highlighting the walnut with maple.
How about a nice game of Chess?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 01-21-2022 11:26 PM



Great job Dick. Those miters are some of the best around. Nicely done highlighting the walnut with maple.
How about a nice game of Chess?

- doubleDD


Thanks Dave – I tried chess maybe 30 years ago and actually I was great ! ( at losing ) lol

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 01-21-2022 11:33 PM

Nice one Dick, what did you do to flatten the board after assembly?

Looks like a clear finish with no oil or other pre-finishes, has a nice natural look.
I’d enjoy making a board if I could make chessmen to go along with it. I keep thinking about a backgammon board someday too 8^)

Anyhoo, well thought out piece!

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#11 posted 01-21-2022 11:35 PM

Nice boards, Dick. That is the smart way to make them!!..................Cheers, JIm

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 01-21-2022 11:52 PM

Very tight & clean- it really draws my eyes to the board.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 01-21-2022 11:58 PM


Nice one Dick, what did you do to flatten the board after assembly?

Looks like a clear finish with no oil or other pre-finishes, has a nice natural look.
I d enjoy making a board if I could make chessmen to go along with it. I keep thinking about a backgammon board someday too 8^)

Anyhoo, well thought out piece!

- splintergroup


Splint – a couple years ago I bought a used 16-32 performax. As much as I’ve used it and as nice as it’s been to me I could have bought new and paid twice the price and still be happy. I really like that tool
The finish is my one and only satin wipe on poly

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 01-22-2022 12:02 AM



Nice boards, Dick. That is the smart way to make them!!..................Cheers, JIm

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim, I searched the net and couldn’t find an easy way


Very tight & clean- it really draws my eyes to the board.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

- rtbrmb

Thanks Bill – it was a pia but the end result is worth the effort

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#15 posted 01-22-2022 12:29 AM

nice work my friend.the mark of a professional is the quality of the joinery,and yours is perfect buddy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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