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

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 02:27 PM

Building a chess board is a fun project. I don’t think I would use purple heart – it can change color over time….and you will want to find out if it will bleed all over your light colored wood. I thought of making one using chakte-viga and maple, but the red wood turned the maple an ugly pink color while sanding – and the chakte-viga will fade to a orange or brown color over time, if exposed to sunlight. I have used both American walnut and Peruvian walnut, the Peruvian walnut I liked best because of it’s darker color. One tip—after you cut your strips of light and dark—- don’t change the setting on your table saw—-that way you can cut your glued strips to exactly the same size… I always make my strips long enough to have two extra just in case… The youtube by Steve Martin (Woodworking for Mere Mortals) is a great place to start…...Thats what gave me the idea to make the first one….Thanks Steve….. Bob

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