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Maple Chess Board #1: Cherry joints

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Blog entry by Brandon posted 02-11-2011 01:43 AM 1525 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What has turned out to be a simple and relaxed day has been a long and tedious one. The chess board that I’m building has been what seems to be a chess game in its self. The 4”x16” strips have turned out good but seem to have a little cup to them after the glue up. I took the board and sanded what I could till it was level and smooth. Then the cherry side strips are not perfectly flush against the maple ends. I planed everything but the butt ends just don’t seat all that well. Am I being to critical on my self? Do I over analyze? Or is it just the attention to detail that the Navy has taught me.

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 02:05 AM

What method did you use to make the board? Did you cut the squares individually? Or glue 8 strips, then cross cut them and flip ever other one?

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 06:32 AM

I’m something totally different with the board, I cut four 4” x 16”strips then glued them together. From there I’m going to stain the board to create the chess pattern. I did do the 8 strips but when I got ready to glue it up the strips were so warped they were unusable. I guess it’s a lesson learned at the time I didn’t have a planer or jointer.

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 04:17 AM

Interesting. One method I used to flatten a board after it was glued up because I don’t have a jointer or planer was a router planer jig. You can make the jig so you can flatten a wider surface than a jointer can handle, and because the spin of the bit, you won’t get tearout on figured wood as you might on a planer or jointer.

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