Steve Ramsey's chess board #2: Which woods to use? (design poll)

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Blog entry by Jake posted 12-18-2013 09:30 PM 1678 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello again, I am revisiting my idea abouty the woods to be used for the chess board. The top will be White oak and sapeli as originally planned, but I am having doubts about the other parts. When Looking at Mr WWMM legend Steve Ramsey’s videos, his chess board looks awesome with just 2 woods, but mine looks kind of plain when I put it in SU. So now I am toying with the idea of using more than 2 woods.

Please have your say which one of the 4 you would choose, the colours are as close as I could get, you can see the original pics on post #1 of this series, everything except the dark African Teak corner post are there. Also I don’t have a lot of that African Teak, so corner posst are almost the max i can use.

So choices:




What do you think, persoanlly I lean towards no 3 or 4, I know the wood won’t be as plain as it seems in SU (also the grains on the horizontal boards would be horizontal, rather than veritcal), so might be that no1 is actually fine, but Sapeli has a reddish tone, so I think it might be too much red if i only use that.

Looking forward to getting the rough cuts done tomorrow and using the thickness planer over the weekend, to make some real progress.

Additional question:
For inlay i was planning on using 5/64 Aspen, but it seems a bit too thin according to the SU, maybe a 1/8 would be better? The Aspen has a white tone so it seems like a great idea for the inlay around the actual board. (the dimensions for the board is 2” squares and 2,5” sides.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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