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10-08-2006, 08:01 PM
Pics are really bad, but . . .
10-08-2006, 09:20 PM
Pics are really bad, but . . .
Then it must be really nice Jerry! Love the figure in the lighter wood. DT's look excellent!
10-09-2006, 12:39 AM
That is simply inspiring! Precision and beauty!
So, when are you going to building one for me! ;)
Thanks for sharing.
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10-09-2006, 07:47 AM
Guess a bit of description is probably in order. The darker wood is some of the air dried walnut I picked up a while back, the light wood some store bought birds eye maple. The maple has some great figure that doesn't really show up well in the pics.
10-09-2006, 08:13 AM
Beautiful, Jerry. Great craftsmanship and stunning wood.
You've inspired me to make one for that chess set I turned. Thanks for showing.
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10-09-2006, 08:47 AM
I like it, Jerry! For yourself, or a gift? Any chance you can post a pic of the drawers?
I've been saving up figured wood to build a chess board (of some kind) and a set of pieces. Someday, perhaps in 30 or 40 years when I retire, I'll get around to it. :)
10-09-2006, 10:24 AM
Oh that is beautiful! Nice wood combo. Once again, you have proven that you are a master craftsman.
10-09-2006, 10:38 AM
This stays with us. It is sized to fit over the top of a table I made some time back from MDF and left over Brazillian Cherry flooring from when I put that down in the home office. I cut enough pieces of the walnut and maple for second chess board when I cut the ones for this one, and will probably make another as a gift for someone when I get caught up with some other stuff.
If I remember, I'll take a couple shots of the drawers this afternoon. They're both partitioned and the bottoms have felt to store the chess pieces. Those are some the LOML found on the internet a while back. A King Arthur theme that I do not think I could get used to playing.
10-09-2006, 10:43 AM
I thought you had made a board for your turned pieces already. The board is, I'm sure, a lot easier to do than turning the pieces. Just some prep ahead of time so that you can leave your rip fence set up after ripping the stock to width the initial time.
10-09-2006, 10:51 AM
>If I remember, I'll take a couple shots of the drawers this
>afternoon. They're both partitioned and the bottoms have
>felt to store the chess pieces.
That's what I figured you did. I was curious to see how you partitioned the drawers for the pieces. :)
10-09-2006, 11:34 AM
<wipes slober from beard and adds the link as another "I want to be able to do this" example.>
10-09-2006, 06:58 PM
The dark mitered corners are really interesting.
The entire chess board is outstanding - can you tell us about the corners?
10-09-2006, 08:06 PM
Here's a couple pics of one of the drawers.
The intersections of the partitions are half lapped for lack of a better term. Basically the top of one piece has a slot cut out the width of the thickness of the stock and 1/2 its depth, the other piece has a similar slot cut out from the bottom. Dados house the ends in the drawer sides, front and back.
10-09-2006, 08:10 PM
The corners each have a piece of walnut about 1/16" thick glued onto one side of the miter of one molding piece, then the other molding piece miter is glued to the other side of the walnut piece. The excess of the walnut strip is then trimmed off after everything is dry. Since the walnut is long grain, I gotta think it actually strengthens the corner bond, but I might be wrong on that.
10-10-2006, 01:52 AM
Very beautiful Jerry! I love the wood contrasts. What a nice job you did on that chess board. If I am remembering correctly, you used a veneer on a substrate for the top. How thick did you make the veneer? And what did you use as substrate?
I agree that the chess pieces would be a little hard to get used to...
10-10-2006, 06:37 AM
Fantastic - thanks for the extra pics!
10-10-2006, 07:35 AM
I resawed the walnut and maple to just over 1/4", then planed it to just under 1/4". The substrate is 1/2" plywood. The maple and walnut probably ended up around 3/16" thick after smooth planing.
10-11-2006, 11:04 PM
Jerry, from what I can see, you've turned out yet another very nice project. Seems to me that at the rate you're turning them out, you'd be out of space in your house by now. :D You may have to start selling this stuff!
10-18-2006, 09:42 PM
Beautiful work. I don't mean to be an a$$ but proper set up of a chess board starts with a white square at each player's lower right.