I'm sorry more money was not generated for BSA. Your idea of selling at the
A & C
fair sounds like a very good idea (of a way of finding already-informed
IMHO, the mass-media/marketing in this country puts hand-made items at a
disadvantage in the competition for the consumers dollar--probably best to
out of the "fast lane".
Thanks for the kind words.
The box was in the live auction. The chess board was in the silent
auction. There was a minimum on both but the box was set too low. I
agree that many people do not understand that it is a fund raiser
first and that you get to take something home is a secondary
consideration. Also agree that many people do not understand the
value of hand made items. It's because we grow up surrounded by items
whose manufacturing cost is exceeded by the marketing and advertising
cost. Regardless of what we'd like to believe - excellence does not
sell itself but I wish the cost of selling was more in balance with
the cost of producing.
The chess board was one prototype for a run of several different
designs that I'll be making after the first of the year. I expect to
spend a great deal of time selling them and as little time possible in
Interesting that you donated prototypes... I did too. ;~) It's not that the
items were inferior in any way but rather that I was working out design and
production issues that would speed up production of future items. In the
long run I'm going to use pattern cutting on the bandsaw and shaper to make
the items but getting the design into a machine friendly format takes
prototypes... There is no room for hand tool tweaking in items that might
"retail" for $40-50... unless one is doing this as a weight loss and fitness
program, i.e., starvation combined with physical exertion. ;~)
Beautiful wood and work - The box is clean and simple enough to
highlight the handles and hinges (I especially like the hinges!)
I agree with your comments downthread, and will offer that this has been
a difficult year for fundraisers just about everywhere, and that for
many it's probably easier to find a "show-off" spot in home or office
for a chess board than for the larger box...
...and these are definitely "show-off" pieces! :)
OTOH, we had second-best auction year yet and at least one Foundation
(albeit four-year as opposed to two) has effectively seized upon and
used the needs generated to raise immediate funds to make up for
available funds that normally would be expected from endowment earnings
to beat their previous campaign successes by wide margins.
You're a very generous man, Tom and a good father.. Your children will
remember you for that.. Beautiful work.. Now did you leave room for
expansion on the chess board panel.. Kidding.. I'm sure you did.. Many
probably wouldn't.. -Jim
Then again maybe those are just veneer squares attached to ply or mdf base..
How did you put those squares together, if you don't mind me asking? Glue a
row of blocks, cut thin and reverse each row? A bit of a gluing challenge
to get them to fit so perfectly together..
Thanks for the kind words in the other post.
The squares are solid stock about 7/8" thick. I glue up the strips
one block length (2 1/2") longer plus kerf (1") plus trimming space
(1/2") so that I don't have to flip them over. This gives a better
look, in my opinion, if the grain and color match has been nicely
I used a couple of biscuits in this prototype to help with alignment
and to help with the joints but the production run will use a glue
line joint profile made on the shaper - riding close to the bottom so
that it isn't seen where the squares stand proud of the frame.
The expansion and maintaining planarity are handled via interlocking
tongue and groove joints. The field of squares has a groove set 5/16"
from the top face and deep enough to allow for wood movement. This
groove wraps around the tongue that is formed in the top frame by
making a similar groove on the inside edge of the frame as in this
I put a dab of glue on the centerline of the endgrain edge and rely on
the snugness of the joint to hold the field of squares planar.
This is an experiment. Time will tell.
Wow, Tom.. great design..
Have you ever used those "spaceballs". I know several people who do and
like them. They claim it makes centering the panel easy and prevents future
panel rattle. I'm going to try some on my next frame and panel project..
Seems like they would be useful on your chessboard too.. Don't know.. just
a thought.. Maybe it would put too much pressure on the miter joints. -
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