|Project by Arookar||posted 06-18-2012 05:26 AM||1842 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
My grandson started playing chess with me on my iPad and then abruptly told me I needed a “real” chess set. (He’s five.) Since he plays chess with his dad, whose birthday is tomorrow, I thought- I’ll make TWO chessboards. (Got the men on ebay from India….)
I made it the standard way for making a cutting board- glue strips. saw across and then glue strips again. The board is 1/2” thick. If I had it to do over I’d make it thicker….at least 5/8” ...maybe even 3/4”....live and learn. It seems sturdy enough if it doesn’t ever get dropped…. ;)
The dark squares are some teak that I got at a reclaimed lumber yard (they were actually selling it as firewood). The white squares are from some pallet wood I reclaimed myself last summer- have no idea what kind of wood it is… my woodworking teacher thought it might be lauan or Phillipine Mahogany- whatever that is. The “frame” around both boards is some leftover teak.
I made one box out of some Chinquapin I had left over from my breakfast bar project (still in progress) and I love the look of this wood (the last 3 pics)! It already looks antique! The other box is made out of that same wood I used for the white squares (the first 3 pics). It has some nice figure in it, but it is not as interesting as the Chinquapin IMHO. The “white mahogany” box has a brush on lacquer (high gloss) over Danish Oil. The Chinquapin box is wipe-on poly (satin) over Danish Oil.
I made the box joints proud- I like that look. I carved the box joints, the groove for the bottom (red oak plywood) and the rabbet for the tops all by hand. With chisels. Very relaxing.
Am now in the market for a rabbet or shoulder plane. ;)
Update: I discovered the “mystery” pallet would is probably Ohio Buckeye- which suits me fine as my family hails from Northwestern Ohio!.
-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)