|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 01-14-2012 07:52 AM||3005 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
OK – I for one have done some digging and found that the quality of chess boards available in the world today is just well POOR! They are all paper thin veneers, just junk!
I hate paper back veneer, I dislike lacquer … and generally – great it’s ALL walnut and maple or maybe a very high end board has rosewood. Who cares – done to death already!!!???
So we did something different for a gaming table we have in progress. We’re doing solid surface boards in unique hardwoods. This example is leopard wood and pear squares with an ebony band accent and a solid walnut frame. The substrait is a high grade 3/4” birch plywood. No warp, no distortion – assembled with polyurethane adhesives this is NOT coming apart any time in our lifetimes!
We’re planning to set these up in a variety of woods, expect leopard wood and osage orange as soon as we get our wood clear of the kiln! Maybe mulberry? Pending lots of interesting combinations!
The usual of course – this gets a Waterlox finish. Satin – hand rubbed down to actually a flat look to develop a glare free playing surface.
We made a serious of boards – and I hate to admit it but I screwed up a couple of them. One you’ll see at some point, it’s a zigzag the saw was off a few degree’s and dag nabit as I flipped the strips to layout the pattern OOOPS … oh well … we have a creative use for that one later.
Another one – well it just came out off, clamps slipped that was that – stupid, entirely stupid on my part. Cutting it up to make coasters out of!
Then we finally got two perfect boards! One is going into a gaming table that’s in progress now (we’ll feature that soon – VERY COOL piece …) This board being set to fit into a previously made gaming table where we made the mistake of using a factory made board. Well, that was back in 2006 and the board has already deteriorated. We’ll never use a factory made board again in one of our gaming tables – at the time it fit within the client’s request but going forward DENIED … live and learn!
So – about five years later we decided it was time for the table to get a proper centerpiece. This is table with the old board – it will ship out probably next week and we’ll update the project with a picture of the gaming table with the NEW board as shown above!
OLD board – stay tuned for photos w/ the NEW board soon!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com