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Oak Wine Barrel Lath and Cherry Stained Birch Checker/Chess Board

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Project by Mark Duncan posted 1722 days ago 3960 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chess board in the winter of 2008. I spent a week in the shop anywhere from 3 to 6 hours a day. The pulled the oak lath out of some wine barrels my dad has (well he has over 2000 of them) and dried them out. i then jointed and ripped them to the right width and planed them down to about 1/4 inch. I then got some cherry stained birch we got up at Aura Hardwoods in Modesto and did the same thing. I then edge glued them and glued them to a sheet of 16”x16” plywood. After it all cured, i glued a cherry stained birch edge on it and rounded over the edges. I later made the box out of some plywood i had that was similar in color to the cherry stained birch. I made the drawer with the same plywood with a hardboard bottom. I faced the drawer with a piece of lath and put a pull on it i found at Home Depot for $3. I finished the project with 3 coats of Tung oil and 2 coats of polyurethane.

-- Mark Duncan, Central California





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patron

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#1 posted 1722 days ago

well done ,
i remember making chess boards ,
a quiker way is to glue up say 4 strips or all 8 ,
and crosscut to length and glue that up ,
with the squares alternated .

also check out degoose ,
and look at his boards !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 1722 days ago

Mark, chessboards are fun to make,
Nice job on the board and the drawer is a bonus..
Next step is to try this

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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