Chess Board

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Project by lew posted 03-19-2015 05:32 PM 2036 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finished the chess board. I really appreciate all of the suggestions on the warping problem I had with the first try.

Instead of putting the laminate on both sides, I remilled the maple and walnut to 3/32” and increased the substrate to 3/4”. Everything stayed flat!

The overall size is about 20” x 20” and about 1 1/4” thick. Cherry border. Finished with rattle can lacquer.

The customer wanted to keep the price low so I opted to not end match the inlay strips. This pattern was $18.99 for two 36” pieces! If I had end matched the pieces I would have needed at least 4 pieces of the inlay!!

Thanks for looking!

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

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 03-19-2015 05:49 PM

Nice crisp work Lew . Thanks for posting.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 03-19-2015 06:25 PM

looks great lew, I’m glad it all worked out for you, i like the way you did this one,

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 03-19-2015 07:51 PM

Great job Lew. I’ve got a bunch of the inlay materials and a book on how to make your own. So give me a shout on you next job.

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

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#4 posted 03-19-2015 08:50 PM

Good movement Lew! What if, on future similar jobs, you buy the inlay first and, depending the pattern’s dimensions, calculate the squares? Do you undestand my point?

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#5 posted 03-19-2015 09:26 PM

Nice one Lew.
Good looking board. Looks like you made the right call.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 03-19-2015 10:08 PM

Very nice work and like the inlay a LOT. Your customer got a beautiful board. That’s for sure.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 03-19-2015 10:19 PM

Thats beautiful Lew I really like the edge detail!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#8 posted 03-19-2015 11:13 PM

Lovely work, so crisp and delicate.
Someone will be really happy now.
Best thoughts and a smile,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 03-19-2015 11:30 PM

Lew this turned out great…i love maple…what did you finish with?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 03-20-2015 02:09 PM

great job Lew, I have to make a chess board one of these days.

-- Smitty!!!

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#11 posted 03-20-2015 03:18 PM

Lew, this is beautiful. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 03-20-2015 03:58 PM

Absolutely beautiful

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 03-20-2015 04:01 PM

Dan and Bob- Thanks!

Karson- Thanks! I’ll take you up on borrowing that book!

Marpintero- Thanks for the idea! I did modify the customers specs slightly to be able to use the ones I got, but I should have actually had them in hand before I started.

Steve and Jay- Thanks!

ashe and Mads- Thanks!

Matt- Thanks! I sanded the “squares” surface to 1000 and then used 4 coats of rattle can satin lacquer.

Smitty and Charles- Thanks!

Hoss- Thanks!

Thanks everyone for the very kind words and comments. They are truly appreciated. Also, Thank You to all of the views to make this a “Daily Top 3”.

The customer picked it up last evening, he said he was pleased.

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

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#14 posted 03-20-2015 04:19 PM

That board is too pretty to put away between games, shouldn’t that be a small table top?..........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 03-20-2015 05:48 PM

Beautiful work!

A chess board is on my long and growing list of projects to try!

-- Tim, Delaware,

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