Chess board

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Project by Stephen Fox posted 02-23-2009 12:05 AM 2232 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a fairly straight forward plan, the plans and hardware came from rockler as i recall. The plans called for doweling all the squares together and i found this not to be possible. No matter how I tried i could not get the precision to get the thing to fit together so they were just glued to the base. One thing I learned is that when a piece has repeating elements like 8X8 squares any error gets magnified – 1/32 per square ends up being 8/32 when added up. I have found that a dial indicator, Calipers? is a must for getting good results.

-- Stephen NYS

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 12:25 AM

Great looking project.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 01:45 AM

Building a chess board is a learning experience for sure!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 03:43 AM

Nice job and very good point on the cumulative error when making something like this, with that many squares it adds up quick!

-- Steve

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 04:54 AM

Beautiful job!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 05:10 AM

I couldn’t imagine trying to dowel all those squares together. it came out looking great. I’m currently working on a chess board I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m learning. Mostly the what not to dos of woodworking. Frustrating but much needed education for me.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#6 posted 02-23-2009 08:24 AM

Gorgeous… really nice… well done.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 02-23-2009 02:46 PM

Nice looking board! I like the design.
Dial caliper is a MUST! I live and die by mine. I bought a real nice one from Highland that reads in inches not decimels. Forget tape measures for anything but rough measure while your at it as well. Get a good set of metal rules.


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#8 posted 02-23-2009 03:51 PM

Very nice! I like how the squares are above the playing field.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 02-20-2013 04:14 PM

Looks beautiful!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#10 posted 02-20-2013 04:16 PM

Nice clean work. It looks really good.

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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