Chess Board I

I have been working on a chess board. I am making it using solid wood rather than marquetry, out of purpleheart (A.K.A, peltogyne) and a lighter softer wood. Purpleheart is an extremely dense wood from Central and South America, which has a purple colour.

I first cut a similar rectangle out of both the dark and the light woods with the table-saw and cross-cut, and used the planer-thicknesser to make the thickess identical.

I then cut the wood into strips on the table-saw, and glued them together in alternating stripes.

Alternating stripes of wood.

Alternating stripes of wood.

I did it in two halves intially, because that was the length of my clamps. Once all eight stripes were glued into a solid piece, I sliced it up the other way on the table saw.

The wood sliced once more.

The wood sliced once more.

Then I rotated every other slice 90 degrees and reglued.

Chequer board

Chequer board

Chequer board

Chequer board

The next job will be to add a border and then sand it down and varnish.

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