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Posted on Good woods for chess board + advice for construction?

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 09:42 AM

What Peter Oxley said, +1.

Stevinmarin has a series of youtube videos on making a chessboard that are quite good. there are 7 of them.

Clamping a piece of wood across the top is called a “caul”. Here’s a little info about cauls. Yes, you can jerry-rig something with your little clamps. Lots of ways to skin a cat. You could butt up your projects against something straight and fixed, like a ledge and then clamp something straight and hard on the other side. It’s possible to just put even weight across the top with sand bags or full paint cans or bricks, you just want to be sure the pressure is even with no sharp edges pressing down. You can also put a nylon cord or strap around the whole thing (carefully) to hold it together….

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