Chess pieces and board #9: Finishing out the Chess Board

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Blog entry by Luke posted 06-05-2014 01:41 AM 2265 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s a couple more pics of the progress I’ve made. I glued some veneer around the edges to fill in the gap between the fancy stuff and the edge where the board will transition into the sides. Then it was onto a lot of sanding. What I hadn’t expected was the dust from the Rosewood to stain the maple while sanding. So I sanded it down as good as I could without going through the veneer and then used a cabinet scraper to finish it off. I think it came out really nice and I can’t wait to finish it out. Also, looking for a little help. I think I want to fill the grain so that it comes out really smooth and glassy. Anyone have any suggestions on what to use?

Thanks for looking.

-- LAS,

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#1 posted 06-05-2014 07:56 PM

It looks fantastic so far! Going to be very classy when it’s done.

Board alignment-wise, each player should have a dark square to their bottom left. The shot with the pieces laid out, the board is 90 degrees off where it needs to be. So the way you see it here is correct when seen from top down.

That’s probably completely inconsequential, but I figured as a player I should mention it, just in case the board is going to installed in a table or something. It would be a shame to build it facing the wrong way somehow. But then, you probably know that and you just wanted a shot with pieces on the board. In which case, never mind.

As for filling the grain for a nice smooth finish, Steve from Woodworking for Mere Mortals did a several part series on a chess board build where he used a pore filler. It’s a very thorough breakdown of building a glassy finish. Look for it on YouTube.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 06-06-2014 02:14 AM

Thanks for the tips Brian. Yes, I did know that. But believe me, I would be one to make the table and at the last minute have to knock it apart and re-orient. Thanks for the reminder because it will help me to not forget. I’ve seen the WWFMM board build but I can’t remember so I’m going back to check it out now.


-- LAS,

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 12:02 PM

Looking so good!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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