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My first chessboard courtesy of Mr Ramsey

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Project by Jake posted 201 days ago 735 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all, finally finished my first ever chess board and delivered it yesterday. You can read about the full process in my blog. Was a great learning experience, probably my most complicated project I have tackled so far. Luckily I had the audacity to do it even though I did not have the skills needed initially. but thanks to the awesome community here I made it happen. :) Also, the recipient was very pleased, which was an added bonus.

This project is made of Sapele Mahagony and oak, I don’t know what oak specifically, but it was a lot lighter than the ones I have used previously. Tools used were a TS, hand held router, handplanes and a ROS.

Main things I learnt:
1. How to use a handplane (I am an addict now…)
2. Don’t put your hands too close to a tablesaw…
3. Trust your fellow LJ’s suggestions
4. Take time to finish, if you think it will take 1 week, schedule at least 2 weeks
5. How to hide my mistakes

Most difficult part was the finishing because I did not allocate enough time, I will post more about it in my last entry to the blog in a few days.

Again, thank you all for your help throughout my blog, would have been very difficult if not impossible to get there without your help! You guys are awesome!!

BTW, this is what I started with:

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.





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fatandy2003

138 posts in 849 days


#1 posted 201 days ago

Fantastic. Where are the playing pieces?

-- -- Andy, Naples Italy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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fatandy2003

138 posts in 849 days


#2 posted 201 days ago

Fantastic. Where are the playing pieces?

-- -- Andy, Naples Italy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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Jake

259 posts in 236 days


#3 posted 201 days ago

Playing pieces are coming in some time. Either when I get a scrollsaw or a lathe. I got my eyes on a beautiful nautical set when I decide to buy a scroll saw.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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fernandoindia

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#4 posted 201 days ago

great job Jake. Indeed a challenging project.

Steve’s chessboard introduced myself to woodworking.

-- Back home. Fernando

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Nickdarr

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#5 posted 200 days ago

While you learning cannot be seen, the product of your learning can. The finished product here shows you did an excellent job.

-- Darren

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Fishinbo

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#6 posted 197 days ago

Fine looking chess table! Beautiful woos choices, great design and awesome finish. Great blog and job!

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