Chess Board - 1st Attempt

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Project by rweaver36 posted 04-06-2015 09:05 PM 689 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My kids recently took an interest in chess and checkers and I thought this would be a quick fun project. I had walnut strips to work with and found a nice piece of maple with some tiger stripe in the grain. First step was to glue 2×18” strips together, alternating the maple and walnut. Then many, many passes through the wide belt sander to make up for uneven glue job. Cut again, arrange in checker board fashion, carefully place the boards, and glue again….then a lot more passes through the sander. I finished it with a few coats of tongue oil.

One valuable lesson learned…A little more care in gluing would save me a lot of time at the sander. This ended up going to the Mother-in-law as a b-day gift. So I’ve got one more to build for the kids.

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#1 posted 04-06-2015 09:44 PM

Looks Like a real good first attempt to me!! Good Job.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#2 posted 04-07-2015 01:47 AM

I tried one of these 2 years ago and got so frustrated that I just had to put it away. Yours looks great! Can’t wait to see #2 and hear how it goes.

-- Frenchie from Lebo, Kansas

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