20 x 20 Chess Board

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Project by Jake Brain posted 05-05-2013 11:00 PM 1092 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chess board is 20” x 20”, solid wood, and the squares are 2” x 2”. The dark squares are American Black Walnut and the light squares are Maple and the border between the squares is Cherry. The border of the board is Cherry with Purplehart trim. The feet are American Black Walnut 1” x 1”. I used Splines on all of the end grain joints and around the boarder. All of the color are natural I used not stain.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#1 posted 05-05-2013 11:43 PM

Very nice!

-- Art

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 11:47 PM

Beautiful job on that board!! I love the vividness of the purple heart. I had some and it was brown!..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-06-2013 12:12 AM

That is some really nicely colored woods. How’d you get that Purple Heart to stay so purple? Thnx in advance

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 01:52 AM

Fantastic board!

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#5 posted 05-06-2013 01:58 AM

Very nice Mr. Brain.
That is some very nice cutting there.
I am impressed.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jake Brain

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#6 posted 05-06-2013 12:23 PM

First I select a good color board.
Be careful not to burn the wood.
I use a compact fluorescent light to brings out the dark purple just before I apply the finish. The compact fluorescent has some Ultraviolet like that bring out the purple.
I also blow out any sanding dust before I apply the finish.
The finish is M. L. Campbell Satin Krystal which is post-catalyzed conversion varnish finishing system which is Water white and non-yellowing.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 12:39 PM

It’s a wonderful board done very nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 05-06-2013 03:32 PM

beautiful board

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#9 posted 05-08-2013 02:18 PM

That’s marvelous! Like the contrasting wood colors and the purpleheart trim makes a great accent.

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