Another chessboard. Yes We Can !

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Project by fernandoindia posted 03-29-2011 12:07 AM 2496 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt to woodworking was two years ago : the building of a chessboard for my third son Francisco.

I blogged this story when I joined LJ

I do also have other sons, that each and every year have their own birthdays.

Happy birthday Juampi !!

The one in this project is finished and we have just gave to Juampi (my daughter Ines´ husband)

After finishing it, we flew to Rio de Janeiro were they live. And take the opportunity to keep up with Barak Obama who was visiting Rio as well. (I walked the streets while presumably Obama flew them by helicopter, anyway, yes we can)

Woods are Cedar and Guatambú, a yellowish quite hard tropical wood. Squares are 2”.

Building process was almost the same used for the first one, which turnwise I absolutely followed Steveinmarin youtube´s 7 part tutorial.

But with a tremendous difference: I now have Bessey paralel clamps, which made the gluing much easier than before.

I made only the board. No table for the time being since I wouldn´t be able to take it with me in the plane.

Finish is sanding sealer with limited buffing, since they wanted a non shiny board.

The chessmen were a present from her wife. Made out of elephant bones were brought from India during her last trip. A quite non regular fashion pieces.

When I vas routing the grooves in the mitered ends, the bluetooth connection failed, and the board didn´t stop. So the groove

went throgu the side. I inlayed a piece of guatambu (white wood) to make sure everyone see the mistake. But finally didn´t like it being isolated, and decided to plug an initial.

ANd yes, I now have a non iron signature as David, but without any tracking microchip.


-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 12:58 AM

Hey Fernando – this turned out great – also strolled through your old blog – love the tool storage on the shutter doors – great use of space. You’ve come a long ways in 2 years and always great to read your posts!

Where did you get the bluetooth router – I need to add one to my collection!


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 01:16 AM

BEAUTIFUL WORK Fernando, You continually amaze with stunning execution, there is no way I could believe this is a first, great job, silly me, I saw the F, and though it was the mark for “front” lols, It’s great that you share your talent with your family like so many of us lumberjocks, that really makes it special, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 05:08 AM

nice board

good you got some decent clamps too
they do make for a better job
and keep the spirits up

good mark you have there
let’s see more on it
on future work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 05:44 AM

Hi Jeff, the shutter doors is where the old shop was, downstairs. Now I moved it upstairs. Quite dramatic for building an helicopter there.

Mic, one of the benefits of having big family is that everyone accepts me being in the shop all day long, Lol

Thank you David. My mark is not as cute as yours,. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 06:50 AM

Beautiful work, Fernando!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 06:56 AM


-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 04:19 PM

Lovely board, Fernando. Yes the right clamps make all the difference.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 06:40 PM

Great work! where did you buy the clamps? I’m just finishing a cutting board and suffered the lack of good clamps…


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#9 posted 03-29-2011 10:02 PM

Lew, Jim, Martyn, thank you.

Rodrigo, Tk U. Bought clamps from Grizzly, together with dado blade, some saws and other stuff. All that before the government started to ban imports. I should have bought some more.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 03-30-2011 11:10 AM

Nice job, looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 04-02-2011 11:30 AM

Beautiful job, and what a lucky son.
I love it!
I always wanted to do a backgammon board, perhaps this can get me started.
Thank you for sharing.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 04-03-2011 04:48 AM

Thank You Ken

Mads thank you,

Backgammon?............mmhhhhh, why not a bowling lane? Someone might get some recycle wood in 100 years, Lol

-- Back home. Fernando

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#13 posted 04-03-2011 04:15 PM

I laugh, thank you!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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