Chess board

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Project by herbr posted 09-29-2007 05:05 PM 3397 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chessboard that I made as a gift. I started with a 5/8 plywood base 14×14. Then I set fence on table saw at 1 1/2 inch to cut. I then made 4 cuts each 12 inches long out of 1/4 inch thick maple and black walnut. I then used contact cement to glue these strips together alternating the woods. After gluing the pieces I then cut the piece into 8 strips of 1 1/2 inches each. I found it is important to make all the cuts without moving the fence setting. I then used contact cement to glue these stips back together making sure that I started with white in the bottom right and alternated the strips. Then I glued the piece centered onto the plywood base. I then cut a 1/4 inch strip of maple 60 inches long and cut and mitered pieces for a first boarder. Then from the walnut I cut 1 inch strips long enough to make a second boarder outside the maple. I then cut some more pieces of the walnut 1 1/2 inches long enough to make edging for the plywood. For design I cut a slight arc in these pieces with my scrollsaw and then glued them to the edges of the plywood leaving i inch open on each corner. I then cut the corner pieces out of 3/4 inch pine and stained them black walnut and glued them in place. The board was then sanded and fininshed with wipe on polyurathane. About ten coats.

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#1 posted 09-29-2007 05:19 PM

Just to correct an error- The base plywood was from a piece 24×24 and then cut to size when finished with the top gluing.

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#2 posted 09-29-2007 05:25 PM

Had me Rook’d. Nice job Mate. Lucky friend.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 09-29-2007 06:11 PM

Very nice

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#4 posted 09-29-2007 07:16 PM

The two borders are a nice touch, carrying on the contrast between the white and dark squares on the board. Good work!

-- Robb

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#5 posted 09-29-2007 09:09 PM

Nice job, Herb. I’ve used that method a couple of times. Your’s came out a bit tighter than mine.

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

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#6 posted 09-29-2007 11:23 PM

love the border. Very elegant looking

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#7 posted 09-30-2007 05:38 AM

Great job!

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#8 posted 09-30-2007 01:48 PM

Nice board. My dad taught me to play at 4. There is a chess board in me waiting to come out <girn>

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#9 posted 10-02-2007 06:24 AM

Outstanding job!

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#10 posted 10-02-2007 06:53 AM

Very nice work I love to see the contrast in the wood colors, I know that this is the way that this is supose to look, but I still like the look. Great job.

-- Jeff B.

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#11 posted 10-02-2007 05:17 PM

That’s really a nice piece. I can never find the motivation to do so much detailed work.

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

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#12 posted 10-29-2007 05:27 PM

That’s a fine looking piece of work. Can you expand on the glue used—I haven’t heard much about folks using contact cement for woodwork. Why that as compared to say, yellow wood glue such as Titebond?

-- Gary, Florida

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#13 posted 10-30-2007 01:57 PM

To glue the strips together I used Wilsonart Waterbourne contact adhesive. This is the type generally used for laminating. I used this for two reasons; one so if any of the glues was accidently messed I could clean it easily with water and seconly I din1t want to take the chance of any glue pusing out between the strips. Once all the strips were cut and ready to be applied to the plywood base I did use titebond to glue the completed strips to the base.

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