That looks really neat Peri, any wip pictures? I’d be really interested in the process, guess you glue up longer strips edge to edge then cross cut off rows? How did you level it off, just a sharp plane or anything more sophisticated?This was originally intended as a chess board, for myself.
I cut too much off one of the edges when I was tidying it up - so every time I look at it all I can see is a column of narrow squares
It sat gathering dust for 6 months, so I decided to turn it into a chopping board for one of my very good friends at work.
Apparently he took it home, his wife said "You aren't cutting anything on that!", so now it's become a chess board again
(Beech is from a bed frame, iroko (?) is from a school desk, border is from a front-door frame ! )
Edit - It's solid wood about 1 1/2" thick, not veneer.
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I used to have something similar but would suggest that you position the metal chuck so it sits over the bench more. The cleat in your wood vice can be very much thiner and right near the front of the metal working vice plate. That lets the bulk of the metal vice sit over the bench and the wood working vice does not need to be opened so wide. As you have it there is massive twisting force on the wood vice and edge fo the work bench. The force needs to go through the bench as much as possible not the wood working vice.