|Project by Triman||posted 03-25-2010 08:04 PM||1760 views||8 times favorited||12 comments|
My nephew has been wanting a chessboard for years, so for a (very late) Christmas present, I put this together for him.
It’s made of birdseye maple and ziricote. The squares are the official 2.25” tournament size, which means the overall size is 19” x 19” x 4”. It weighs a ton!
The sides have an inlay of ziricote, and since I wanted the drawer front to continue this pattern without any handles, I routed out a 5/8” deep groove, with a strip of ziricote inset, but flush with the outside of the box. Just enough to grab a hold of it. I also recessed a couple of magnets on both sides, on the inside of the drawer front, then covered with wenge dowel slices to hide them. This gives the drawer a slight “snug”.
The drawer with the most challenging. I wanted the impression of a single chunk of wood, so I glued up 2 pieces of 1 1/2” thick curly maple. I then used a 2” round nose router bit on my router table. This was a bit scary. That’s one big chunk of metal spinning! I had to take about 10 passes for each “trough”. So, after around 80 passes, I had the drawer base. I then made the 3 passes on the tablesaw, then glued in the 3 strips of ziricote to act as dividers. The drawer front was made with the same router bit, then glued up.
The 4 feet are also ziricote.
I added 3 drawer glide strips (fexible delrin(?)), which made the drawer slide much easier. I finished with 6 coats of Tung Oil Finish.
Overall, I’m happy with the finished product. However, if I make another, I’ll stick to a traditional drawer with traditional dividers. The routing was way too difficult, and too scary!
-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca www.spotofwood.com