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Project by fernandoindia posted 05-06-2011 05:34 AM 5587 views 37 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am continuing catching up with the birthdays. This time is my son Fernando, born on January 29th. So only 3 months behind!!. From now on I think I will start giving vouchers for wooden gifts.

This time I used walnut and maple for the board. No table, nor drawers or box for the time being. I just gave him a voucher for the next birthday. :)

Squares are 2”, and inlays are cedar and guatambu (tiny small squares) Finished with sealer, and then air brushed lacquer.

Chessmen are Staunton Classic – 4.0 inch King. Sorry, no time left for turning and carving horses, :-))

One of the works I hate the most is starting from rough lumber and preparing it.

After ripping I did include a small banding between each stripe, as so

then proceed for the first glue up, with some Flintstones kind of cauling.

Once glued, I made some other glue ups to obtain stripes that will be inserted sideways

Hope following 2 photos be self explanatory.

The toughest part was to make the white stripes exactly the 2” side of each square

After the first crosscutting, I was anxious to check whether the measurements were OK. Glad they were.

To avoid any kind of trouble, I started gluing up the bandings one by one.

Once dried, then glued each stripe with its banding, one by one, to a 5mm (0.2”) plywood base.

Then all is matter of tying the wood hardly, so it will not escape away.

Keeping together the miters is another story.

Before gluing the frame, I pass through the 18” drum sander the board. A piece of cake. (I should have made the drum 22” wide. )

Cleaned up the sides inlays.

Then, preparing for finishing. This is the second work I hate as well.

After finished and tidying the shop mess, I took some photos

Thanks for stopping by.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 05:45 AM

Hey Fernando – That is AWESOME!

The little squares are the bomb! Did you do the pumice / rottenstone finish on this? Looks great…...


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 05:54 AM

Very nice added detail with the stripes and the small sqaures at the corners. That finish is incredibly smooth and glossy. A nice chessboard is definately on my list of projects to do. Now if only it turns out as nice as yours i will be happy.

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 06:01 AM

@ JL7. Thank you Jeff. I applied Titebond wood filler, which it shows in a photo. I sprayed the sealer and lacquer, so I just wet sanded up to 1500. Then buffed with 3M different grades auto polishes.

@CodyM. Thank you Cody. You name it, Decisions, decisions, decisions!!!. Go for it !!

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 06:05 AM

The technique is fantastic.. I may borrow that in future.. with your permission of course…He will be thrilled..

-- Be safe.

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 06:14 AM

Glad you like it Larry. I´m sure you would even improve this.

I just tell you, my next chessboard is going to be made up with Monty Python Holy Grail Ale beer caps. :-))

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 05-06-2011 06:18 AM

fascinating and beatiful. thank you for your pictures.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 05-06-2011 07:20 AM

Beautiful work!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 05-06-2011 07:46 AM

Great work Fernando. the board is outstanding.

Thanks for the detailed pictures. I was wondering how you did the small white square and your pictures came to the rescue.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 05-06-2011 08:12 AM

It is really quite ingenious.

-- Be safe.

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#10 posted 05-06-2011 08:53 AM

Beautiful work my friend I’m sure this will be used & loved for years to come thanks for the instructional too

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 05-06-2011 10:27 AM

Fernando my friend, I am in awe of the quality of your work, both the wood and the finishing. My hat is off to you!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#12 posted 05-06-2011 10:56 AM

Great looking board and pics of your process is a nice touch. Very nice!

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

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#13 posted 05-06-2011 11:55 AM

Great process, excellent result Fernando. Well deserved congratulations on a fine piece of work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 05-06-2011 11:59 AM

Excellent work fernando! I still need to finish my Mom’s birthday gift (just gave it unfinished and asked it back) so this is kind of ecouraging…


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#15 posted 05-06-2011 01:28 PM


Thanks for posting the pictures of the process that you did for making such a great looking table. Top Notch !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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