Trying to find plans for making a chess board. I found one set online, but would
like some more to choose from. The one I found uses dowels to hold the strips
together. I would like to know if there is a better way to do this?
Also, what is the best way to protect the wood. i.e. poly, tung oil etc...?
Thanks in advance
There are several ways to do this. What's your skill
level, your available tools, choice of materials?
I made one using red oak and white oak, cuttings strips,
gluing alternate woods into a panel, and then cross
cutting the panel, and gluing again. This is not
a bad way to do it, but I had some warping issues
with the oak trim around the edges. If I were to do
it again, I would use much thinner dark and light
woods, and glue to a piece of 1/2 plywood.
I finished with standard polyurethane because of the
wear. I don't regret the decision, but the poly does
give a slightly plastic look and feel.
Skill level is intermediate. Tools are not a problem. One of the woods I was
planing on using is dark mahogany, just because I have about 20bf in the shop. I
do not have any idea on what the other wood will be. I was thinking of using
hard maple around the edge with ebony inlay of some design I come up with. (I am
planing a trip to Yukon Lumber in Norfolk, Va in early November to check on
Is the glue enough to hold the strips together? The board is for my grandson.
While he is pretty good about taking care of things, he is still a young boy.
Not a problem, especially when built on a plywood backer.
Think floating panel design.
Allow the chess board to float in the rest of the table top.
BTW, maple makes a nice looking board which will contrast well with
several dark wood choices.
Way back when, built a board using maple/walnut for the board, cherry
for the balance.
I have a made a bunch of checker boards for the local schools over the
years. I have use the method that Samson described by cutting strips,
gluing, cutting strips, alternating and then gluing again. I have had
problems when I glue the strips if I use to much clamp pressure I have a
slight bow in the middle of the board. On the back side I use a piece of
hardboard and draw a tic - tac - toe diagram so the kids can use the
checkers for that. I have used black walnut and poplar, or whatever I can
find in the "short" bins at my hardwood place. Then I will use something
different for the borders. I have made them round, oval, rectangle, over
the years. After you get the square board you can do the out side however
you wish. I use poly to finish them
I like the idea of a 1/8 plywood backer though - never thought of that
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