|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 12-04-2007 03:24 PM||1995 views||6 times favorited||40 comments|
I really like checkerboards, and I had the thought recently that it might be cool to use one for a box top. My second thought was that, to add some visual interest, why not turn it 45 degrees to make it more like a diamond pattern. I thought the effect of rounding over the edges and leaving them exposed would be kind of cool, although, in retrospect, I think I would prefer some sort of floating panel arrangement. Oh well… guess I’ll just have to make another one.
The woods used are 1/2” red oak and walnut. The finish is numerous coats of wipe-on poly. To get a really smooth surface on grainy woods, I flood the first few coats on very liberally to fill the pores, then sand everything smooth again doen to 400 grit, then wipe on the last couple of thin coats.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"