|Project by Mcnervy||posted 12-08-2009 06:05 AM||4005 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
This is my first completed non workshop project since my return to woodworking (1 new house+2 new kids= 5 years no woodworking). I have wanted to make a chess board for years and a basement flood that destroyed my old chess board gave me the perfect motivation. I got inspired by some curly maple i found at a hardware store. I never used it because after trips to Fox lumber and Willard brothers and 500$ in exotic woods i had some curly maple i liked better.
My original intent was a two piece border with zebra wood insde and the bloodwood outside but upon the zebra wood closing on my tablesaw blade and stopping it dead i gave up.
I planed the curly maple and african mahogany boards pass for pass to get the same thickness. I jointed and ripped them into (4) 2 inch strips that i glued together. I planed those strips flat.
I cross cut those strips in half and glued to have 8 stripes.
cross cut that into 8 strips found the best 8 sides and aranged that and glued up.
ripped a 1/4 saw blade width off to true the edges.
Then i biscuted the blood wood border on.
I left the blood wood about 1/8” proud thinking i would hand plane it down. No luck i could not get the plane to cut
I had to belt sand for 1.5 hours I was covered in red dust from head to toe.
1/4 roundover bit for the border I wanted a more interesting profile but was afraid to ruin the board
Finish sanded to 220 grit
3 coats danish oil each time soak surface wait 30 minutes put more on wait 15 minutes the dry
3 coats of wiping poly applied with foam brush sand 400 grit between coats
steel wool and floor wax final polish. I am happy, Wood is my friend again.
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