my first chess board

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Project by ryno posted 07-07-2008 07:14 AM 1646 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at a chessboard and first attempt at veneer. This was a project for my father-in-law. This is walnut and maple veneer with solid walnut edges. I chose to use a good grade of pine for the substrate. I know people usually use MDF but I didn’t know if it would do good in edge gluing. My veneer was 6” wide by 36” long. I used contact cement and just sandwiched the veneer on my pine and used clamps and heavy objects for pressure. I then cut strips 1 1/2 ” wide by 14” long. I then alternated the strips of contrasting wood and glued them using biscuits. After that dried I turned it sideways, squared up one end on the table saw and and then crosscut them 1 1/2 inches again. Then you just take every other piece and turn it end-for-end and theres your chess board. I was really happy how he trim turned out. I combined 3 different effects on the trim. I used 2 different arches and then a 45 degree champfer. The finish is 4 or 5 coats of spray shellac, and then 2 coats of paste wax. It turned out alot smoother than I had anticipated. These pictures will have to do for now. I’ll have to get some better ones on a later date. Thanks for the looks. any comments are more than welcome.

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Callum Kendall

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 09:01 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 07-07-2008 01:25 PM

Nice looking chess board. Thank you for sharing.

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 01:40 PM

Very Nice!

Great craftsmanship.

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#4 posted 07-07-2008 02:33 PM

Looks really good. I’m impressed that you were able to get you glue-ups this flat. When I make a pattern like this, I use the same method you described, but with solid strips of wood. That way I don’t have to worry about sanding through the veneer when I flatten it up. Nice job!

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#5 posted 07-07-2008 06:41 PM

Very nice job veneering and the trim looks great as well as the finish

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#6 posted 07-07-2008 08:24 PM

Hi Ryno;

A very good looking project indeed! The trim details you added are very nicely formed, and suit the piece well.

Your narration of construction is nicely detailed.

M.D.F. would have worked fine, and could be attached with biscuits and glue.

It’s really not recommended using contact on veneers. Also, it’d a good idea to veneer both sides of the substrate, which keeps the project from warping.

All in all beautiful piece.


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#7 posted 07-07-2008 11:16 PM

thanks Lee for the tips. I’ve never even heard of veneering both sides of the substrate. food for thought though. You say contact cement is not recommended for veneer?? What do you use for yours?

thanks to everyone for the great feedback..

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#8 posted 07-08-2008 02:26 AM

Nice work looks great!

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#9 posted 07-08-2008 04:26 AM

Beautiful job Ryno!

Thanks for the post and the explanation.

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