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Kyle Jones

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05-19-2016 08:34 PM

So…...I am gluing together a chess board. I have gotten all the strips together and the thought of trying to cut across the board (without a table saw) and re-glue everything the other direction is a tad unappealing. So, what I am thinking is this: since I’ve been using pretty much scrap wood for this project there are already some irregular gaps between some of the strips, and I bet I could take a dremel and make those gaps uniform and then go the other direction to carve out borders around the squares. It might be different to have some depth on the playing surface itself.

What I am thinking in terms of order of steps after the glue is dry is:
1) true whole board to square
2) sand to 240 grit.
3) pyrography design
4) carve out squares
5) frame the board with a border
6) sand to 400 grit
7) finish

Any thoughts/comments/things I should be on the lookout for?

Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 05-19-2016 09:29 PM

Kyle, I can’t comment on your proposed plan specifically but I try to do the high risk operations early in the game before I have a lot of time invested. I see your step 4 as high risk, but I have never used a Dremel so take this for what it is worth. Good luck.

-- Art

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#2 posted 05-19-2016 10:54 PM

I have made a few chess boards and I cannot imagine making one without a table saw. It is hard enough with one to get a good job/fit.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#3 posted 05-19-2016 11:02 PM

Art, would you put that step up towards #2? I had put it behind the pyrography so I wouldn’t have to worry about lines going through the burn marks.

Jim, the lack of a table saw is what has my looking for a different option. I have the strips fit pretty well and I don’t want to mess that up with bad cuts!

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#4 posted 05-20-2016 11:09 PM

If I were to try this, I would put it as your step 2. Why sand it only to have an accident with the Dremel and have to start over?

-- Art

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#5 posted 05-21-2016 09:14 AM

I think your goal is far-fetched without power tools.

If you just had the most basic table saw, you could make what would be, in essence, an end grain cutting board. You seem to understand the concept of cutting and re-gluing. If not, there are videos on line to teach you to make one.

Without a table saw, I think you are just setting yourself up for wasted effort and disappointing results. I don’t believe that even a very accomplished woodworker would use hand tools to make a chess board.

A nice little portable planer would help to make perfectly (?) squared boards with which to make your board.

-- Dale

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#6 posted 05-21-2016 02:30 PM

Forget making a chess board until you get a table saw.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#7 posted 05-21-2016 03:29 PM

I would try it. Move the grooving to step 2 and go for it. You never learn without trying something. Maybe try the grooving on scraps first. You may be able to come up with a guide or something to help keep things straight. Start out slow and shallow.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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