Checkerboard and Checkers

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Project by BenjamenJohnson posted 09-10-2012 04:25 PM 1427 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The field of the checkerboard is constructed from maple and walnut. To separate the field from the border I cut some thin strips of purple heartwood and glued those to each piece of maple border. Then I mitered and fit the combined purple heartwood and maple pieces together rather than separately.

The checkers are made from 1″ walnut and birch dowels — I couldn’t find maple dowels and Birch seemed to match pretty well. They look a little small compared to the size of the squares on the checkerboard, but I didn’t want to pay for thicker walnut dowels. I may try turning some thicker dowels on my lathe or some chess pieces, but my family can play checkers now, so I’m not in a hurry.

I finished the board with two coats of Arm-R-Seal, an oil and urethane mix. Then I coated the board with two coats or wipe-on urethane. I just gave the checkers three coats of Arm-R-Seal. One the finishes had cured for a few days, I gave the board and checkers a coat of paste wax.

-- Benjamen Johnson, Burbs of Minneapolis

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#1 posted 09-10-2012 04:43 PM

Beautiful board and great use of the dowels for the checkers : )
The Purpleheart border was an awesome touch : )

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#2 posted 09-10-2012 06:16 PM

Yeah, it is a beautiful board! Nice project!

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 01:08 AM

Awesome !! thanks for sharing !!

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#4 posted 09-11-2012 03:55 PM

Great looking project!

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#5 posted 09-22-2012 01:45 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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