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Project by MashMaster posted 12-19-2016 03:06 AM 572 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last minute gift for my son who recently has gotten into chess. I rushed it, started last Monday, but finished it today. I had to build it after he went to sleep each night. I see mistakes in it and wish I had more time to go a little slower but I had to finish it by today.

Made it with purple heart and hard maple with a border of walnut and maple. I just kinda threw the border together, I was going to miter the corners but then it just kinda called out to me to make this border. I don’t know what the name of it is but I kinda like it.

I finished it with wipe on poly.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX





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blue77

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 06:44 AM

Making chess board has been on my too do list for a long time. This one you made looks lovely. I think the border looks really good.

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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Steeds wood working

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 01:30 PM

Good job! Your purple heart is so purple! For some reason when I cut into mine it looks more dark brown.

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MashMaster

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 02:55 PM

It was my firat time using purpleheart

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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Thevintersoldier

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 05:10 PM

Did you follow a specific plan? This is great, would love to replicate it.

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#5 posted 12-20-2016 09:25 AM

Well done. Nice finish.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-23-2016 05:25 AM

Looks good and the border design makes it different.

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MashMaster

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 05:52 PM



Did you follow a specific plan? This is great, would love to replicate it.

- Thevintersoldier

I didn’t but this is what I did. after milling the wood to the same thickness.
rip 4 boards of purpleheart 1 3/4” wide by 16” repeat with hard maple.
edge glue the purpleheart and maple in an alternating pattern
clean the glue off and flatten the board
crosscut the board at the same 1 3/4” setting
put the boards into the checkboard pattern to assemble the board
glue the boards together
flatten the board like before.
plane the walnut and maple the final thickness of the board.
Rip 1” walnut strips and 1/8” maple strips, glue the board with them overhanging the ends.
trim the board to length with a hand saw
flatten the border to the board
sand to #400 grit.
finish with rub on poly.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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MashMaster

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#8 posted 12-23-2016 05:52 PM

Thanks everyone

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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MashMaster

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#9 posted 12-25-2016 09:36 PM

He loved his board :-) Here is a picture of the final setup

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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