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Project by Marcos posted 457 days ago 1861 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey LJ’s! Here’s my latest project. I built this from Steve Ramsey’s chess board build over at Mere Mortals. It’s made from walnut and maple, and inlaid with black epoxy. I originally inlaid it with a black and white inlay strip I purchased, but blew a chunk out of it while sanding, so I ran the board through the table saw a few times to get rid of it, as repairing it would have been almost impossible. I was going to leave the grooves empty at my wifes request, but I thought it looked incomplete, so I filled them with black epoxy. I’d never worked with it before, and I don’t know why I thought it would work, but it did and ended up quite nice. It always seems to be the biggest errors that turn out the nicest. I added drawers on both sides for the pieces to go in, and it was my first time making my own custom pulls. I finished it with about 5 coats of Daly’s Seafin Teak Oil, and Liberon Black Bison paste wax. I had a blast making it, and have already 3 requests for more. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Marcos, California





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wilbur23

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#1 posted 457 days ago

Very cool! I use 2 part fiberglass resin on some inlay things i do. Not even sure if its called inlay or a pour i guess. Anyways with the fiberglass resin i use sprya paint for the coloring. Then you can do any color youd like and it doesnt cost alot. Its fun and something differant to play around with!

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 457 days ago

Very handsome board. The epoxy inlay is what Bob Ross would’ve called a happy little accident.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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crashn

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#3 posted 457 days ago

I have been thinking about making one, but I was thinking endgrain. Now that I look at yours, face grain it is for me! much less work also! The kerfs with epoxy turned out great, and only you (and every other lumberjock) will know it was not on purpose.

What are the dimensions for each square? Is there some standard?

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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MasterSergeant

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#4 posted 456 days ago

Very nice work. One of these is now on my “bucket list”!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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JimArnoldChess

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#6 posted 456 days ago

Nice! Very creative on fixing it- not a problem but a challenge to do it differently!

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 456 days ago

This is so nice and you’ve done a fine job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Andygulfcoast

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#8 posted 456 days ago

That is exceptional! I have fond memories of playing chess with my dad—this would be a fantastic Father’s Day gift if only I had the skill/experience to build it. :)

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Ottacat

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#9 posted 456 days ago

Wow, really gorgeous looking piece. One day I hope to be able to do work like this. You should be very proud and happy with it.

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Sanding2day

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#10 posted 456 days ago

Fantastic board and case… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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DonJ

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#11 posted 455 days ago

Very nicely done; I really like the stories where a flaw turns into a really nice accent. By the way, how do you get the glossy look on the epoxy? I’ve added black shoe polish with epoxy and it always seems to come out real dull looking. Thanks

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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Marcos

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#12 posted 455 days ago

I sanded to 600 DonJ. Otherwise, i didnt do anything different. Thanks everyone.

-- Marcos, California

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Fishinbo

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#13 posted 451 days ago

Your chess board looks fantastic! Brilliant idea on the black epoxy, makes a great accent and love the pretty pulls. Well done!

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