Chessboard #7: Carcase Assembled

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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 12-13-2011 03:34 AM 3544 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello. Since my last post I got the carcase glued together. But before I glued the carcase together I drilled two countersunk holes through the rails. These are going to be for screws that will go through the rails into the board’s frame, holding the top to the carcase.

The holes are slightly larger than the screws, so they should allow for any wood movement between the carcase and top.

Before glue up I smoothed the inside surfaces.

After the carcase was dry I clamped it to my bench side to plane the edges flush. Here is where having a legvise and sliding deadman working with holdfast is extremely useful.

I use one holdfast to rest the carcase on and the other to clamp it to the bench side. If you have a sliding leg vise that would be just as useful.

After glue up the bottom did not sit flat on the bench top. So I used my scrub plane to flatten the bottom.

(I actually planed a slight hollow in the centre so the edges all sit flat without any chance of rocking)

After the bottom was flat I fit the drawers to the carcase by hand planing the drawer sides until I got a nice fit. I then attached the fillers to the posts with some screws. The fake drawer fronts will go between the posts and attach to these fillers.

The posts are not yet glued to the carcase side.

Next I flattened the board on the show face and only roughly planned the underside, semi-flat. Since the board is a panel going to be inserted in a frame the board did not need to be dead flat underneath. I will make sure that the edges of the board are the same thickness all around so that the panel fits properly into the frame’s groove. After the board was flat I used a raised panel bit around the board. This is the same profile as the drawer fronts.

I think the board is a perfect size for the pieces.

Here is a close up of the corner of the board. You can see now why the squares along the outer edge of the board were about 1 inch longer. With the profile added to the outside of the board, the outer squares became the same size as the inner squares.

Next I will fit the board into the frame and glue it up. I will also make the maple drawer fronts, add steel weights to the chess pieces, and make custom dividers for the pieces in the drawers.

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

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 04:35 AM

It’s coming along very nicely. When I first saw the board I wondered about the extra material. I like the bevel, it really adds elegance.

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

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 02:29 PM

Looks like the new bench is working well for projects. The chess board project is looking good and starting to take shape. Look forward to the completed projecdt.

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

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 08:20 PM

That’s looking really nice. I’ve never seen a chess board done as a raised panel before, but its a great idea.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 05:27 PM

Hi Carters, I have just found this blog, which is almost a year old. Terrific work.

Chessmen look great. Nice pieces of wood also.

Love the corners columns too. Innovative idea on the raised panel as well. Look forward for the finished project.

-- Back home. Fernando

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