I am making a few crokinole boards for Christmas presents and would
like to put a checker board pattern on the reverse side. As this is a
minor feature I cannot spend a lot of time on it but would like
something that looks decent. Ideas and techniques would be appreciated.
What's "crokinole" ?
Anyway, a cheap, easy way to make a checkerboard is to cut shallow kerfs
into the board, then mask off and stain every other square. I used the
technique on this:
I've never made one of these where I couldn't let my cuts determine the
final size of the board, so you might have some extra work to do figuring
out how to make it come out right.
The basic idea is to make a spacer strip the width of your squares *plus*
the width of your blade's kerf. Set for a shallow cut. Put the spacer
against the blade, and set the fence.
Mark a corner with one side A and one side B. Run the A side through. Run
the B side through and then turn off the saw. Run the B side back through,
and hold it down. Now butt your spacer against the edge of the board and
re-set the fence. Repeat. The last cuts are through cuts if you can
afford that luxury, so you wind up with a precisely dimensioned board.
If you can't afford that luxury, then you'll have to modify this technique
somehow. The boards look respectable though, if not great. I did it again
to make a walnut checker box (with another pine top from the same source as
the stuff I used on the chess box) that looks even better. My next such
project will be a real board though.
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