|Project by Cobra||posted 07-28-2010 03:40 AM||1865 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
This project started as a result of giving a friend an end grain cutting board. She loved the board and soon asked if I could make her a chess board. So, here is the result, my first chess board and really the first piece I was ever asked to make for money. I’m quite happy with it. The last photo is the bottom. She has ceramic pieces she and son made and needed the squares 2.25”. So without border it’s 18×18”.
Walnut / Hard maple. 2 coats minwax wipe on poly and briwax polish. One thing I need to fix and advice on is one of the corner mitres opened up. I want to tint some epoxy to fill the crack. I have a oil based walnut stain but I wasn’t sure how it might react with the epoxy. Any tips on what works best to tint epoxy for this or a different type repair. Thanks for looking and tips appreciated.
Oh, the assembly method was to make a groove and spline that went around the edges. I learned to never put glue on the splines as they swell really quick and actually forced me to abort my first attempt and make a new border since I couldn’t get anything to line up or even move for that matter. My friend thought it was the glue setting up real fast but I realized right away and demonstrated just by wetting the splines to show how fast they “set” in position. Anyway, that’s the story and that’s what I learned.
-- Nathan Ward, Fort Saskatchewan, AB