Chess board. #1: How to make a wavy chess board..

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This project is not technically finished so I will not post as a project..
This part of the blog will deal with the cutting of arcs.
I basically used one of the patron jigs I developed to cut the end curves for a Baguette Board…this pivots on the circle cutting jig.
Cut two lengths of contrasting or complimentary timbers… I of course chose Purple Heart and Silver Ash…
Silver Ash and Tasmanian Blackwood would have also been suitable… But if all you have is Walnut and Curly Maple or some other combination…maybe Bubinga and ???.... feel free to use them…these are cut to roughly 36 inches each…or use a few pieces to make the total. Just make sure the timber grain is similar in all pieces if you can’t use a single piece.

Then by placing a piece of timber next to the fence as a spacer.. centre the blank… cut to 45 mm [regulation size for the chess board square.]. A nail is driven in at 45 mm as a stop for the cutting blank..

Cut the first curve of the end of the blank … and then move it to the stop and cut again..



Cut all the “squares’’ of one color…. remembering to leave every forth piece with a straight edge at one end.[this is for the side..]. Then cut all the ’’squares” of the other color… again with one piece in four with a straight side on the end.

Eight “squares’’ of one timber will have a concave end and 3 straight sides and eight of the other timber will be convex.

Assemble with alternating pieces. Rotate the curve direction on each row..

Glue up , sand and apply finish…



In the next installment I will be making a border for the chess board… still contemplating what I will actually do with this to keep to the theme of one slight curve and some straight lines too.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#1 posted 1741 days ago

brilliant of course

but you have come up with a new thing for me to try and i havent picked up my table saw to try all the other things yet

am i ever going to catch up with the larry project

I hate falling behind its so hard to catch up later LOL


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#2 posted 1741 days ago

cute, although i like your original wavy board better (with the double bandsaw cuts and glueup).
any tips on gluing this monster? probably twou cleats in 90 degrees and some clamps, but putting glue on 64 squares in 10 minutes seems a bit stressful…

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#3 posted 1741 days ago

You make it look so logical and easy! Yeesch… I can’t imagine that it easy but logical makes perfect sense.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 1741 days ago

Pretty neat!! It’s all about the jigs!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 1741 days ago

Very nice work. As always, interesting use of the circular jig and patron jigs, very creative. Thanks for sharing.

-- Aflixa - Granja - Portugal

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#6 posted 1741 days ago

Cool Larry! Thanks.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#7 posted 1741 days ago

nice explanation. I got a friend who want to know how to do this. He dont have a computer, So I’ll print this for him


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#8 posted 1741 days ago

This is sort of how my square chess boards turn out. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 1741 days ago

Cool jig, nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 1741 days ago

Larry: A great looking board.

A very nice jig setup

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 1741 days ago

as usual Larry, a very great looking board, I am curious though, how would it look if the edges were also curvy?
is there some reason not to?

-- Smitty!!!

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#12 posted 1741 days ago

Wavy Larry? Sounds right to me. Another favorited project. You and David are keeping me well supplied with future projects to try if I last that long! Great blog for a great technique Larry. I am sure that there a lot of LJ’ers out there including myself who really appreciate you sharing your fantastic ideas and skills. Thank you!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 1741 days ago

So do you have a separate shed to house all your jigs? Can I come visit and raid it?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#14 posted 1741 days ago

that looks cool i will have a go at this after i finish the 3 items i am making now
thanks for sharing this with us

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#15 posted 1741 days ago

very cool Larry, hopefully this will help some people with their chess moves as well…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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