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Offline marky harvey

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Chess board
« on: March 15, 2020, 09:16 AM »
Hi

My daughter wants a chess board to go with some antique chess men. Does anyone have any examples and advice?

Thanks
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Offline Alanbach

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2020, 10:21 AM »
Maple and Walnut are pretty traditional but you can use any contrasting woods. You need eight strips of wood, four of each color. They all need to be same width and the Approximately the same length and preferably the same thickness. Glue the strips into a panel of alternating color, dark, light, dark, so on. Once the glue dries and the clamps come off you need to plane or sand the panel nice and flat. At that point you would most likely use a miter gauge on a table saw to cut that panel into eight strips that are the same width as the original strips. Then simply take every other strip and flip flop it end for end to form your chess board. Now glue these strips into a panel and there you have it. You can make a mitered frame if you like. 

If you have access to a stationary power planer or a thickness sander you might want to size your chess board accordingly as this project will be made much easier with one of these stationary power tools.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2020, 10:26 AM by Alanbach »

Offline marky harvey

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2020, 03:48 PM »
Thanks for the advice.  Do you make the strips the full thickness of the board or glue them onto a backing like tulip wood?
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Offline Alanbach

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2020, 10:10 PM »
If you make them the way I described above they can stand on their own but incorporating a backer board and a frame can also be very nice. I have seen some very nice designs where they were built up with profile moldings raising the board as much as a few inches of the table surface. That look can be very grand if done well.

Offline marky harvey

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2020, 08:56 AM »
How thick would you recommend for the strips?

Cheers
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Offline bryanjtx

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2020, 09:33 AM »
I've seen lots of YouTube videos on making end grain chess boards.
I particularly like this one.


Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2020, 10:09 AM »
Didn’t watch the video but the board above is not strictly “end grain”. Also, the surfaces have grain running in directions contrary to nature so it’s a good bit more complicated than ordinary end grain construction.
« Last Edit: March 16, 2020, 10:44 PM by Michael Kellough »

Offline Alanbach

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2020, 12:13 PM »
Personally, I would start with 3/4” thick strips. By the time you plane twice (first glue up and second glue up) you will probably end up with something around 5/8”.

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2020, 06:36 PM »
I've seen lots of YouTube videos on making end grain chess boards.
I particularly like this one.


MTMWood is a great channel.  He makes wonderful chess boards and 3D cutting boards.  If you're looking for tips, this is the guy.  Incredible!

Offline duc996

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2020, 09:52 PM »
Here is one I made awhile back. I got the idea from MTMwoods.

https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/member-projects/end-grain-chess-board/msg538037/#msg538037

Offline Cheese

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2020, 10:23 PM »
Here is one I made awhile back. I got the idea from MTMwoods.

https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/member-projects/end-grain-chess-board/msg538037/#msg538037

That was nice 2 years ago.. it’s still beautiful 2 years hence.  [smile]

Offline duc996

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2020, 10:31 PM »
Thank you Cheese!

Here is one I made awhile back. I got the idea from MTMwoods.

https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/member-projects/end-grain-chess-board/msg538037/#msg538037

That was nice 2 years ago.. it’s still beautiful 2 years hence.  [smile]

Offline HowardH

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Re: Chess board
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2020, 09:15 PM »
Andrei is the king of cutting boards but he has migrated over to more CNC work.  Stunning pieces though. 

Here is one I made awhile back. I got the idea from MTMwoods.

https://www.festoolownersgroup.com/member-projects/end-grain-chess-board/msg538037/#msg538037
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