|Project by ferstler||posted 05-20-2013 10:23 PM||1415 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Some time back, I posted info about a project that involved building a chess board. It was conventional in scope, but did involve some interesting construction tricks. Read about it at:
OK, now I have built another one. This is a “3D board,” with the front ranks at either edge higher up than the next rank, and the next after that lower still. Only the two central ranks are down at the lower level. The result is a battlefield where the two armies march downhill, battle in the plain, and then scale the heights of the enemy to win the war.
As with the earlier board, this one is made up of select pine pieces, roughly 2 inches square and 0.75 inch high. However, they are mounted on mdf strips, themselves mounted on an mdf bottom board, that allow for the slopes on the top. The cuts were basic, using both a table saw and miter saw, with a jointer to smooth the pine boards prior to cutting them into chunks, and the glue used was PL construction poly, which allowed me to set the squares with a 30-minute work time. To keep them uniformly separated I used tongue-depressor style hobby sticks, cut down and inserted in the gaps.
The dark squares were stained with Minwax Red Mahogany and the lighter ones were not stained at all. The frame around the perimeter is redwood (reclaimed) and it is also not stained. Once the glue work was done I hit the thing with five coats of Deft semi-gloss spray lacquer. I used Minwax spray varnish on the earlier board, which explains why in the comparison photo it has the lighter squares being somewhat yellower than with the new board
The new board is not only thicker than the earlier one, but is also bigger overall, and it weighs considerably more, too.
I did not make the chess pieces in the comparison photo, but I did purchase ready-made jobs constructed of pine and I drilled into the bottoms (basically hollowing them out), installing lead fishing sinkers held in place by two-part epoxy. That gave them some serious heft.