LSU Tigers Checkerboard

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Project by Quoheleth posted 05-16-2013 10:01 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I made this at the request of a friend – an LSU-themed checkerboard. The design was up to me. It was simply to be original work and have an LSU theme.

The board pieces are purpleheart and yellowheart. The purpleheart was already in thin slices; I had to rip thin strips from a block of yellowheart. Knowing that sanding heats the purple wood and can turn it brown, the strips were all smoothed out with my card scraper – and I have the blisters and callouses to prove it! Purpleheart is very dense, hard wood and I would have to turn the burr on my scraper quite frequently and probably re-sharpen it at least every three times of turning the burr.

The edge of the board is a nice, straight-grained maple and the corners are lap-joined together. The edge was then rounded over with my router and a 3/8 roundover bit.

The checkers were made from 1×1 maple stock, rounded over with that same 3/8 roundover bit, and sliced into 1/2” thick checkers. I then glued those maple blocks to my my remaining thin slices of purple- and yellowheart, rough-cut them with my scrollsaw, and sanded the colored woods flush with the maple on my disc sander.

The board was finished with three coats of brushed-on water-based polueurathane with a high UV protection level. Two more coats were applied by hand, wiping it on with a cotton cloth.

I was almost done with the project and sent some photos to the customer. She loved it but wanted it to be blatantly LSU Tigers and requested something that said “Geaux Tigers.” I expressed my concern that the purples wouldn’t match, but she insisted. I found the decals and, against my judgement but at the request of the customer, applied them to the maple. Another coat of wiped-on poly went over the decals to offer them a little protection. Personally, I think the decals look tacky – they just dont match and make the board look like it was a custom board someone bubba’ed into something else. If she doesn’t like it, she can pay for the decals, I’ll carefully scrape them off, and re-top with some more poly.

I had intended to rout grooves to store the checkers in the frame where it now says TIGERS. Obviously, the decals meant I couldnt do that. I had just enough maple left to make the little box to store the checkers. On each side I inlaid a small strip of yellow and purpleheart, just to connect the pieces.

So, thats it. My first checkerboard. What do you think?

-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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