Chessboard #5: Update

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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 12-01-2011 02:22 AM 2167 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello. It has been a long time since my last blog post because I had taken time off to build my workbench and organize the shop. I have now started up again with no other projects on the go and plan on finishing it soon.

To summarize where I left off:
-I had the drawer sides dovetailed.
-2 walnut posts made.
-The chess pieces all done.
-The board strips glued up.
-And the walnut drawer fronts made.

To summarize where I am now:
-The drawers are assembled with dividers in place. The bottoms and dividers are a different wood than the outside of the drawers, this is so the pieces contrast against the interior.

-One of the walnut posts are firewood because it cracked too much. So I have one walnut post done and the blanks made up for the other walnut post and the maple posts.

-Chess pieces are all done and buffed nicely.

-The glued up board has been cross cut into strips.

-The joinery for the board’s frame is cut and ready to go. I used bridle joints, like the drawer fronts.

-The bottom, sides, and rails for the carcase are ready for joinery. To make the sides and bottom as wide as I needed them I had to join multiple boards side by side. You can see in the pictures how I used rabbets to join them all together. To glue them together I put wax paper underneath and clamped it to my bench. Also note in the glue ups the sides are all one colour. After I realized I needed each side to have two coloured ends, so I cut each side in half and joined the opposing colours together. This is an instance where having hand plane skills is indespensible. To flatten the bottom and sides would be near impossible with a machine. Since the grain in the sides does not run with the length of the piece it could not be flattened with a jointer or planner (unless you can use those machines with the grain running sideways, I have not tried). Also the bottom is too large to use on any jointer I know and too large for most planners. Also note the bottom is not evenly split into walnut and maple. I did not have enough walnut to do so, but its no visual problem because only the front edge of the bottom is visible.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 12-01-2011 03:01 PM

That’s coming along quite nicely. Great work on the chess pieces.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#2 posted 12-01-2011 07:28 PM

The chess pieces are awesome. Looking forward to following this project as well.

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

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