chess board

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Project by stratiA posted 04-03-2009 07:36 AM 1868 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone. This was my attempt at a chess board I built for my uncle. It a similar in design as one Rockler has plans for. Yes I did glue up individual squares. I used maple and black dyed oak for squares. Hey thats all I have. I built the base and frame from oak and accented it with maple. The board itself presented many challenges. Like someone mentioned a week or so ago, a slight difference in measurement is compounded when done 8×8. The squres were off just under 1/32”. The board actually measures 1/4” longer than wide. Which presented measuring challenges for miters. The squares were rounded over to make it visually appealing. I lined it with blue felt I had lying around. I used Gary K’s technique of gluing it to cardboard. I used bartleys pore filler to make the oak glass smooth and finished with many many layers of Arm a Seal gloss. It has many flaws but hey it was a learning experience.

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 12:04 PM

No flaws that I can see.. ok maybe in one of the mitres.. anyway love the way you rounded the squares for visual appeal!!! keep on that learning curve and good work.. keep it up.. looking forward to more posts

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 01:31 PM

Excellent work indeed!

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#3 posted 04-03-2009 02:17 PM

That’s gorgeous!

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#4 posted 04-03-2009 02:17 PM

Nice looking chessboard.

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#5 posted 04-03-2009 03:42 PM

You did an excellent job. I like the roundover on the individual squares.

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

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#6 posted 04-04-2009 05:11 AM

I like the look of the dyed oak.

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#7 posted 04-12-2009 05:38 AM

Looks great well done.

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#8 posted 09-14-2010 02:55 AM

Very nice…where can i get plans for a chess project similar to this…please message me.

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