|Project by jeff_wenz||posted 03-13-2010 07:08 PM||2806 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
I had a friend come visit for 2 nights. He asked if I had any design ideas for a chess board. I didn’t, but everyone else’s projects on Lumber Jocks gave us more than enough designs to chew on. So while the ladies and the baby were catching up in the living room we hung out in the woodshop (it’s not a 2 stall garage people, it’s a woodshop with a garage door!)
So this is what we came up with. We chose cherry and maple. The squares are 2” which makes the playing surface 16” x 16”. Due to some chip out, we made an “on-the-fly” design improvement and added the frame. I have seen many people use a thin accent piece of contrasting material, so I wanted to implement something like this on the frame portion. The playing surface has 2 coats of Deft semi-gloss lacquer (so far). The playing surface is about 1/4” lower than the “”frame”. We used pocket hole joinery to attach the board to the frame (underside).
We ran out of time to totally complete (finishing) the project. The frame portion and feet need a final sanding and lacquer. I sent Matthew home with enough of everything (lacquer, 400 grit sandpaper, a Ziploc bag with some paste wax, etc…) for him to finish this project. Overall, very satisfied with the job we were able to do in 2 nights worth of work.
I am really proud of Matthew and am glad to call this great man a friend of mine. I really like the picture of him holding it up.
-- Jeff, North Carolina