|Project by Dave Owen||posted 04-11-2012 03:59 PM||1704 views||8 times favorited||7 comments|
This checkerboard was my entry in our local club’s Tubafore (2s4) contest. It didn’t win a prize, but I did have fun making it, and it should be fun for some of my great grandkids. I first planed off the radius edges from the 2×4, then cut it in half, and glued the two halves together before cutting the 64 individual squares. It would have been more work, but in retrospect, I think the end-grain squares would have been more interesting if I had cut the pieces before gluing the 2×4, and book-matched them. After individual pieces were cut, I first glued them into strips of 1 square x 8 squares – gluing them into the final checkerboard pattern after trimming the glued strips.
Checkers were cut on the table saw – first into squares, before trimming the corners on a miter jig to create octagons. Then the tops were painted with acrylic before cutting the top rabbet. The colors? Auburn, of course!
Each checker has a small rare-earth magnet embedded for ‘crowning’, and the bottoms have non-slip pads. The board and all checkers have several coats of brushed, water-based urethane.
-- Dave O.