|Project by Tony Ennis||posted 10-24-2009 09:05 PM||3101 views||9 times favorited||18 comments|
I have a friend who did me a great favor. We had been playing chess in the office. His son also started playing in school. So I made him a chessboard as a token of my appreciation.
Unbeknownst to me, my son wanted the chessboard. He didn’t mention it because I didn’t say I was giving it away. I didn’t say anything because I didn’t think anyone cared. Great communication, eh?
So I wrote a note to my friend on the bottom of the board. My son was, “Man I can’t believe you’re giving that away.” I realized then perhaps I had erred. So I made another for him. Here it is with larger images.
The board proper is made of maple and walnut. It’s hard to go wrong with that selection. The frame around the board is cherry. I had never used cherry before. I really like it. If you look close you can see the a mahogany inlay around the playing area. This wood was a poor choice on my part, but it is the way it is. I should have used something with more contrast.
The squares are 1/4” thick and glued to a 1/2” plywood substrate that’s let into the frame.
I finished it with polymerizing oil and paste wax. I didn’t stain it.
Here’s a link to a multi-part posting detailing the construction of the first chess board. I made lots of time-wasting mistakes which you can hopefully avoid.