Chess anyone?

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Project by HandsOgold posted 06-13-2007 02:38 AM 1967 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first experiences with woodworking occurred as a young educator in the Bronx (NY). In attendance were two sons of the owner of the woodworking emporium Constantines, located a mile or so from the school. Needless to say that my first visit resulted in my obtaining some nice veneers to learn on. Chessboards were the simplest and yet a quite nice project. Tho Ive refined the process, using a papercutter for greater accuracy, and an iron to avoid the delicious aromas of contact cement, much remains the same.
The pictured boards are made of rosewood, amboyna and avodire. the third, of mottled makore and ash, held by a neighbor, is the one he made at a small workshop i ran in my community, where under my guidance and assitance three people were introduced to the pleasures of woodcraft.

-- Dan

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#1 posted 06-13-2007 02:59 AM

Those are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-13-2007 03:38 AM

I really like that first one. Just beautiful. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 06-13-2007 03:48 AM

I knew anyone called, HandsOgold would make some great looking projects. Thanks for sharing. My son has been after me to make one for him. I guess I’m going to have to get some wood to do it.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 06-13-2007 03:56 AM

Gorgeous wood!... now you have to get your hands on some more (non veneer) to make the pieces.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 06-13-2007 04:08 AM

Great looking tables. Looks like a prowd owner in the last picture.

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

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#6 posted 06-13-2007 05:17 AM

Very nice boards. I agree with Scott…time to turn and carve some pieces.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#7 posted 06-13-2007 06:06 AM

Those are really nice. Chess boards are one of my first projects many years ago (solid Walnut and oak) and now I’ll be wanting to make a few more.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 06-13-2007 06:40 AM

very nicely done

my first attempt at a checkerboard is here

Walnut and Maple

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#9 posted 06-13-2007 11:55 AM

very nice indeed!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 06-13-2007 04:39 PM

Great looking chess boards! I made one from solid wood, using the technique of glueing up alternate-colored boards, then ripping cross-color and regluing with every other board flipped around. Mine is here:

I’d really like to try one with veneer, though.

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

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#11 posted 06-13-2007 04:49 PM

My first chess board was done like Charlie said, but that was YEARS ago! Veneer seems the way to go now. Veneer is a LOT less expensive than solid wood! I understand that pernicious aroma of the cement can be unsettling. Kinda like that old movie quote from the Viet Nam era: “I just love the smell of napalm in the morning!” Yuck Yuck Yuck!

Anuway, GREAT work! Someone will be proud to display them!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#12 posted 06-14-2007 09:27 AM

To avoid contact cement, use veneer tape to join your veneer sections. Flip over and coat the untaped side with wood glue and let it dry. Do the same with the base its to be applied to. Let both sides dry and then place where you want the veneer located. Using a hot steam iron, press the two halves together, starting at a corner. Lift and replace the iron, in a semicircle, bonding the veneer to the base. Use steam to keep the veneer from shrinking and then just heat to dry the moistened wood. the tape is facing you and when cooled use the iron on steam function held an inch over the piece to steam loosen the tape and its easily removed. Even better than sanding off which can run thru the thin veneer.

-- Dan

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#13 posted 06-14-2007 02:14 PM

Great use of veneer! Very nice boards, borderline woodworking art pieces. Thanks for sharing with us Dan.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#14 posted 06-15-2007 02:19 AM

Very nice, that’s one thing I’ve never tried yet, is veneering.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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