|Project by airfieldman||posted 02-22-2014 05:23 AM||2500 views||8 times favorited||12 comments|
This project has been a wonderful experience for me. My son and I haven’t had a lot in common in the past few years, but we have both been looking for something. I would love to say that this project was that something. But the project itself wasn’t. I did it alone. I’m ok with that. Because the final project fits the bill.
This is a game board for an ancient Viking game called Hnefatafl. I won’t get into the specifics, but if you’d like to learn about it, you can find information here.
The project took me a while I suppose. Just over a month. But, it’s also a huge leap forward in my progression as a woodworker. Many firsts for me here: first time using walnut; first time using maple; first time inlaying; first time using a biscuit jointer; the list goes on, but you get the idea.
Brief over view of the process:
- glue the boards together
- square up the project
- cut the grooves for the square boarders (table saw)
- cut the walnut strips to inlay
- inlay the walnut (and again, and again, and again…)
- build the support frame
- glue in the corner splints
- attach board to frame (slid in perfectly. quite a relief there)
- cut groove for edge inlay (probably should have done that before gluing up the support frame…)
- glue in the edge inlay
- cut the legs
- drill holes for legs to sit in
- sand, finish, sand, polyurethane
Viola! Thanks for reading!
-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.