Tutorial. You asked for it.

FredP

Fred
Corporate Member
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Found some wood
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Cut out some strips. Outer strips 1/4" wider.
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Glued up.
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Square up with 1st and last 1/4" wider. RIP and flip. Glue and clamp. Go get breakfast.
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Square up 2 sides and cut to size. Add sides.
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Glue to substrate. This time cherry ply.
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Cut other 2 sides and add banding.
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Sand to 280 and wipe on a coat of Danish oil.
Make up the ends while the glue dries.
 

drw

Donn
Corporate Member
Fred, thank you for sharing. The board is beautiful! Although you may not be a "Geek" you are a craftsman. Are you a chess player?
 

JimD

Jim
Senior User
Looks great! I haven't tried a chess board yet but I have cherry and maple scraps... I do not have a drum sander. Probably can be made without it.
 

FredP

Fred
Corporate Member
Looks great! I haven't tried a chess board yet but I have cherry and maple scraps... I do not have a drum sander. Probably can be made without it.
you can do it without a drum sander. use the planer for most of it. you do need to let the glue dry much longer before planning. splines ,biscuits or dominos help with alignment. I don't use any only because I have the sander to flatten.
 

Melinapex

Mark
User
Thanks Fred, I managed to really complicate the frame/edge around the one I made, yours is much better. Looks beautiful !
 

Brian Patterson

Bstrom
User
Since you're not end grain pieces, I assume you could send it through a planer if the grain was oriented all the same? really light cuts, of course...

I've got plenty of Walnut and Maple but might go with Bubinga and Maple for a checker board too. Great tute - thanks!
 

FredP

Fred
Corporate Member
Since you're not end grain pieces, I assume you could send it through a planer if the grain was oriented all the same? really light cuts, of course...

I've got plenty of Walnut and Maple but might go with Bubinga and Maple for a checker board too. Great tute - thanks!
planer would work for the board but not after adding the sides and wrap. cross grain may cause soiled shorts. ;) You would have to give the glue some extra time. (slightly more than the 20 minutes that I do. a couple hours I would guess.
 

Brian Patterson

Bstrom
User
planer would work for the board but not after adding the sides and wrap. cross grain may cause soiled shorts. ;) You would have to give the glue some extra time. (slightly more than the 20 minutes that I do. a couple hours I would guess.
Understood. And not a problem. I might even elevate the checkered board and let the end panels sit a little lower - maybe add a little edging to keep the pieces from coming off the board too. You've got me thinking on this one! Thanks again...
 

CrealBilly

Jeff
Senior User
Fred, thank you for sharing. The board is beautiful! Although you may not be a "Geek" you are a craftsman. Are you a chess player?
Over here we call him Uncle Fred or Fast Freddie :)

Here's to you unc, a nice Sazzy German Pils
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