|Project by SPalm||posted 12-17-2013 01:43 PM||2500 views||10 times favorited||39 comments|
I had a request to make a chess board. Never having done this before, I thought it would be quite a challenge. It actually went really well and was a lot of fun. Nice diversion from cabinet building.
I started by making a 2” strip of plywood with a sandpaper bottom to be used as a cutting guide. And then sharpened my veneer saw. I cut 2” strips of maple and rosewood veneers to make the field. I then taped these together in an alternating sequence. Next back to the strip saw setup to make more 2” strips for the checker board pattern. I taped up the pattern, flipped it over, added veneer tape over all the seams, and then removed the blue tape from the first side.
I spread glue on a piece of ½ inch MDF that was slightly larger, and placed the pattern. I glued a sheet of cherry veneer on the bottom. Then off to the vacuum press for an hour. I cut the board to size, removed the veneer tape, added a walnut boarder, sanded, put a top and bottom chamfer all around the outside, and applied a finish.
I am very happy with the result. There are no gaps, even though I just used a veneer saw. And it went quite quickly. I could see myself building another one someday.
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