Chess board. #4: Having opposite grains.

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When making a traditional chess board from timber, the two different timbers are cut into 4 boards each… glued together in alternating stripes and then cross cut and rotated and reglued to make the checker design.. This also gives the squares the same direction of grain pattern.

I know that most people shy away from cutting all the squares and then gluing up each piece … but as most of you will know, I have had much practice and for me it is no more difficult than glueing two boards together..

Doing it this way enables me to have opposite grain orientation..

I trialled this today with just one species of timber…

I selected the highly figured and coloured pieces of Camphor Laurel for the darker squares and as a contrast some very plain and indistinctive pieces as well..Each piece is 55 mm [2 1/4 inch] on each side.. The finished board is just over 25 mm [1 inch] thick.

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

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Gary Fixler

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#1 posted 1390 days ago

Very pretty, Larry! The cutting board I did for mom had 132 blocks in it, only about 2x a chess board, but it took me HOURS of hard work. I appreciate your skills and your speed!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#2 posted 1390 days ago

Larry, You mean you rip two pieces of one color, then cross cut 2 pieces of the other and glue them up ?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 1390 days ago

Hey Larry,
Looking good mate.

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#4 posted 1390 days ago

If your boards get any nicer, they are going to distract the players from their game.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 1390 days ago

I love the wood in this one.

Very nice.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 1390 days ago

dont you get the same effect if you cut the boards one across the grain and one with the grain?

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

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#7 posted 1390 days ago

Great looking board Larry:

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 1390 days ago

Larry do you get any crossgrain movement on these pieces which could break the glue joint? or are the pieces too thin? I’d be interested to know,beautiful contrast by the way

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 1389 days ago

Love the grain in the Laurel.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 1389 days ago

Very gorgeous, the corners and all match up perfectly. That is a very pretty wood

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#11 posted 1389 days ago

The camphor laurel really rocks Larry. Great looking chess board.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 1389 days ago

Very nice, I don’t play chess anymore, but it would be fun to make and give to someone that does.

Thanks for the tutorial…......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 1389 days ago

Larry, I think that what Jim is trying to say is that you should send me this chess board (since I still play chess). Or, he wants to make one and send it to me;-)
Great looking board! Thank you for posting it.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#14 posted 1389 days ago

Check M8 well done

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 1389 days ago


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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