|Project by dnewell||posted 12-18-2013 04:38 AM||2097 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This past weekend I got the itch to make a chess board, and in a surprising turn of events I actually did just that! It’s my first project of any kind with this kind of detail. In the past year I’ve made a chicken coop and a sawhorse desk – a far cry from a chess board.
The dark squares are red oak and the light squares are poplar. The border (3.5 in) is also poplar. In all it’s 19×19in. Home Depot sells strips of poplar and red oak that are 1.5 in wide so I picked out the straightest pieces they had and just had to cut sections at 1.5in increments. After that, it was a pretty easy process of figuring out the dimensions of the border, gluing it all down to the plywood base, and then doing the staining.
If I had to do it again I think I’d stain/finish the border first before gluing everything in. Because the squares needed to be sanded smooth across the board I had to wait to do that last.
The tools I used: Miter saw, circular saw (used to cut the plywood base to size).
I definitely plan to make more of these as gifts – it was cheap and easy to do – so if you have suggestions please feel free to leave some in the comments!