Today I got off work early and the weather was +10 so I spent some time in the garage. I dovetailed the maple drawer and got the second walnut corner post turned. I had also glued up the 8 board stripes last night so I did some flattening to the board to prepare it to be crosscut. The dovetails turned out good on one side, but on the other I have some gaps so I might put some shims in at glue up. I have the drawer bottoms planed to thickness but still have not decided for sure if the drawers will be made completely of one wood species or if the drawer bottom will be of the opposite wood species to give the chess pieces inside contrast against the bottom (1st blog entry shows contrasting wood for drawer bottom in the design drawing). I will most likely finish the whole board with tung oil and wax, but may finish the pieces and the drawers with just wax.
Both drawer sides ready to route the bottom groove and smooth plane.
Walnut posts are ready for finishing.
After the board is crosscut and glued up in its checkered pattern I may use a router planer to flatten the board perfectly. The outside strips are wider because I will be routing around the board when finished so it fits in the frame (the drawing in the previous blog entry the top is not drawn out as frame and panel construction).
-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23