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Blog entry by degoose posted 05-24-2009 12:54 PM 1610 reads 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a notion I had to make a different border for the drunken chess board..
The Idea is to take the border 1/2” away from the outer edge of the board.. and hold it there with brass pins.???

What do you think?

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 01:20 PM

Great Idea! Not to sure of purple heart for the accent frame! I think the dark timber would look better!
How ever you do it, it will look great! Its not the tools that make the craftsman its the man!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 01:26 PM

Think I will go with the PH at this stage.. I can change it if it is too far out there. Yeah I think I will.
Thanks for the comment though.. always appreciate it.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 05-24-2009 01:34 PM

The frame adds a finished touch to the board. Looks good so far. Are you going to butt joint the frame at the corners? The PH should help bring out the PH you used between the “squares”


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#4 posted 05-24-2009 01:38 PM

That’s what I though re the PH and I think a nice “different angle” mitre joint may be the way to go with a spline of ash? OR I might go crazy and attempt a japanese pegged mitre.. or not. lol

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 05-24-2009 02:28 PM

Wonderful game to play on a tin can in heavy weather…..especially with those board’s…...LoL.

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#6 posted 05-24-2009 02:29 PM

how about a curved miter ?
or maybe an s miter ?
im getting jealous ,
i just went to wal mart last night
and bought some plastic drawers so i can clean the shop ,
then i can make some boxes and do that
step by step to share .
my brother died in january this year ,
and it took 3 months to get him back
in a cardboard box .
i have to make 3 boxes as other family members
want part of his ashes .
im really happy for you larry .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 05-24-2009 03:11 PM

I think that 10 penny nails would look different.

That is truly a different look on the board. Is makes it look very impressive and gives the board a symmetric look along with the “Wild, I don’t care look”.

You could also use the brass pins look at the ends and not make a wood to wood glue up at the corners but use your brass to stabilize the corners also.

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

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#8 posted 05-24-2009 04:18 PM

What a great looking chess board!

I wonder if would affect the players much?

I vote for the Purple heart frame.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 05-24-2009 05:19 PM

the purple heart adds to the sense of whimsy, which the piece is all about. darker (brown) wood is to formal for the piece. i’m not sure how intact the color will remain over time. maybe you could dye the purple heart more purple and seal with shellac or varnish. tarnished brass or copper pins would look better than bright shiny ones. i would only have a space of about 1/4 inch between the chess board and the purple heart trim, otherwise over time with people picking up the boad by the trim, the trim will not lay flat on the table. maybe a 1/2 inch tops. just a thought. great piece! i love it!

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#10 posted 05-24-2009 05:22 PM

love the board degoose, especially the contrast of the purple heart. I also like the brass pin option it’ll look really nice. I’m sure what ever option you use at the corners will be great. Have you considered lap joints?

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#11 posted 05-24-2009 05:38 PM

I think the PH looks great

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 05-24-2009 07:59 PM

Well my feeling is….a full stomach. Just got home from the resturant. First tried to clean my glasses..things seemed to look kinda curvey. It would really be cool if you could cut the game pieces to match the pattern of the board. PH fits will to my taste. I wonder if David might be right about 1/2” being too much of a gap. Your decision tho….looks great. Be sure to post it again when you have the finish on the finished product.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 05-24-2009 08:06 PM

I think the PH clashes. But that’s just me.

Wenge or bloodwood or padauk would look good.

The bloodwood or padauk and PH would darken with time where wenge would stay the same.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 05-24-2009 08:21 PM

You at it agian.

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#15 posted 05-24-2009 08:35 PM

I think the Ph makes a statement. It’s shape is cool kinda adds a toon town feel to it. a crazy thing I made for my sister I attached a frame using plastic rods that came of a mini blind. another cool design Larry

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