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Forum topic by DKV posted 09-30-2014 08:14 PM 1558 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2014 08:14 PM

I have decided to use rosewood for the dark side of my chess set I’m making. The piece in the picture below has been sanded to 800 and I love the look and feel of rosewood. Here’s my question. Is there a light wood I can use that is similar to rosewood for my light side? I tried white oak and poplar. Didn’t like either. I need something closed grain and tight similar to rosewood. Polish rosewood to 3000 grit and you don’t need anything else to make it shine. Basswood is perfect but too light weight. I would have to fill it with lead shot. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 09-30-2014 08:32 PM

Desert Ironwood.. Expensive though.


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#2 posted 09-30-2014 08:52 PM

Maple it’s hard and heavy,also white Ash.but what do I know,I’m sure the more experienced members with better recommendations will chime in.

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#3 posted 09-30-2014 08:56 PM

A figured or BE maple would be nice.

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 09:15 PM

Hard maple would be my first thought, tough, tight grained and polishes up well.

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 09:31 PM

Boxwood – hard, dense, polishes well.

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#6 posted 09-30-2014 09:49 PM

Yellowheart comes to mind.

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#7 posted 09-30-2014 09:56 PM

Basswood, boxwood, yellowheart, the yellowheart would go nicely with the rosewood. I am torn…

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#8 posted 09-30-2014 10:02 PM

Good luck finding and Boxwood. I search the internet for some when got my thread chasing set.

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#9 posted 09-30-2014 10:03 PM

Hornbeam might be another possibility.

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#10 posted 09-30-2014 10:26 PM

Hornbeam looks good but I’ve never seen any. Do they sell it? I’ve seen a lot of yellow heart.

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#11 posted 09-30-2014 10:43 PM

Dogwood is another tough dense and fairly light colored wood.

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#12 posted 09-30-2014 11:58 PM

If you want white – holly is good. Not the hardest wood though…

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#13 posted 10-01-2014 12:20 AM

Birch, maple, cherry.

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#14 posted 10-01-2014 02:32 AM

How about Holly? Might be a nice white contrast

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#15 posted 10-01-2014 03:12 PM

Hard Maple. Very light colored, dense, and easily obtainable would be my suggestion FWIW

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