Chess Board

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Project by tenacrewoods posted 11-11-2010 05:31 AM 1676 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found the plans for this a few years ago in the Shopsmith magazine online. The pieces were easy to cut out on the bandsaw. Following the plans, after staining the dark pieces, I dipped all of them in polyurithaine, let then sit for awhile, then rubbed them off. I did this a few times and they turned out nice. The table worked out well, except two years later, in mid winter, the center of the board split. The only way to fix it is to cut off the outer edges, seperate the split, run both edges lightly across the jointer, re-glue and add new edges. No, I haven’t done that yet.

-- Ten Acre Woods, Ford River, Michigan

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 07:20 AM

Nice job! Too bad about the board split – happens to all of us (at one time or another). Could you share what issue of Shopsmith this came from? Thanks.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 01:36 PM

I love chess boards…Looks like it is well made… except for the split… it happens.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 04:32 PM

Good Going TenAcre. Too bad about the split – I’m sure you can fix it.

Hey Glen – I used the Shopsmith plans for the pieces a while back – you can find them here:


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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