Denim Blue Chess Board

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Project by SailorDaddy posted 03-27-2015 10:49 PM 829 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, here is another time crunched chess board. My MIL asked me to make one for my FIL two weeks before his birthday. I did it in maple and walnut, yellow heart and purple heart pin stripe, and a maple boarder. I did a layered stain on the border with an ebony stain as a base then topped it with a blue water tint/stain. It looks kind of like denim blue jeans. I sealed the middle of the board with sanding sealer first then taped it off with painter tape and I did not get any bleed through when applying the stain. When I went to seal the stain I got some bleed over from the stained area to the sealed area. I used Zinsser wax free shellac to seal it. I think maybe the characteristic of shellac to chemically bond with existing layers led it to bleed. Or the stain was not completely dry. I was able to sand out most of the blue in the shellac. I sealed it with more shellac and finished it with Rustoleum spray can lacquer from home depot, then wet sanded to 1500 grit and then 0000 steel wool and then bees wax, all firsts for me as far as finishing goes. I did get that mirror smooth finish and a decent satin sheen. I did not have time to make pieces before I had to deliver for his birthday. I got them from

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#1 posted 03-28-2015 12:31 PM

I think it looks really nice. The blue border really sets it off.

Don’t you just love it when you get a request from one family member for you to make something for another family member? I’m going through two of those right now. Oh well, I guess it is an honor.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 03-28-2015 02:19 PM

That is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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