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Rorton

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Had a go at a chess board and quite pleased with the outcome

Had some oak and mahogany so used that - first glue up

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Then crosscut on table saw with sled to make the squares

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Planed flat using router with a surfacing bit in a jig (no planer yet - next purchase I think!)

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Groove cut in the board and tongue added to the edging

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Glueing the edging

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Oiled with OSMO Polyx 3032 Satin (2 coats)

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Finished board with some chess pieces I purchased (no lathe!) and a sneak preview of a box I built to store the pieces to complement the board - with a mini chessboard lid.
 

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sammy.se

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looks great!! nicely done.
Did you worry/consideration to the expansion of the wood, since it's not veneered? will the mitres open up do you think?
 

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Thanks - its my first time doing anything like this and new to doing stuff this way - I had a good read up and watched many you tube videos of people making boards using solid timber, many of them end grain for the surface, but some of the face grain. I did add splines to the mitres too (forgot to picture them) and used the oak

I dont know is the honest answer! If it does, then gives me an excuse to have another go and I'll have learned something new too
 

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Looks really good. But i think you are going to have trouble with expansion as you have used solid timber. I would have let the board float within a frame.

Saying all that i hope it remains stable
 

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Looks great. Think this'll be a future project to add to my list.
Thanks for sharing.
 
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