|Forum topic by tealetm||posted 10-02-2016 11:15 PM||268 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
10-02-2016 11:15 PM
So I’m in gift making mode for family members and my sister wants a chessboard. I said sure, thinking if cant be much different than the end grain cutting boards I’ve been making. To fast forward… I’ve chosen a plan that quite a bit more difficult than I planned on and could use some help.
The plans call for individual squares to be joined with dowels to mitigate wood movement issues. This board is then set in a frame which sets on top of a base with drawers. Sounds good in theory, I’ll try it.
Despite using jigs to cut all the pieces to the same size, chamfering each edge of each piece and then drilling the 2, 3, or four holes in each piece there is a bit of variation in dimensions which caused some headaches during glue up.
I have it all glued and set and it’s not too bad. A few gaps here and there caused by dowel locations not being 100% matching piece to piece but the end result was better than I thought it would be.
I endeded up man handling the piece during assembly and some of the glue joint at the dowels didn’t take. The result is a decent board, but I’d like to reinforce it a bit do to some lose joints.
Since the underside is hidden, does anybody have any suggestions? If wood expansion wasn’t an issue I’d just glue it all to a piece of think plywood and call it a day… but that’s not an option.