This one took me a while to complete–I had to stop in the middle so I could make a batch of cam clamps…and I had to wait for a while for the roll pins to be delivered so I could make the cam clamps!
Pretty satisfied with the final result. Plenty of challenges in this project from simple accuracy to proper thicknessing to gluing up those thin pieces and ensuring contact throughout the edge (room for improvement!) Making a set of coasters was some good practice on thicknessing/gluing thin stock. I spent lord knows how much time micro-adjusting here and there. This is the first time I have ever done a mitered border of any sorts so, while I have a minor bit of gappage here and there, overall I’m pretty happy with it–hopefully I can only improve from here!
I plan to give this board to the son of some good friends who is 10 and has taken up chess. Too bad for him I don’t make the pieces! (I do have a lathe but I’m far greener in the world of woodturning than I am at traditional woodworking–and I’m pretty green there as well!) Thanks for looking.
The images are unfinished and finished (3 coats of clear shellac and 1 coat of wax). I feel like my shellac coats don’t go on as evenly as I’d like–this was clear Zinsser shellac, straight from the can. Maybe I need a different brush? I usually use those $1 throw away brushes I can pick up at Home Depot, etc.
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OH yeah–that’s mahogany and hard maple. I didn’t have any figured maple like Paul used so I improvised. I prefer the figured grain, but you make do with what you have sometimes! Actually, the spline is (wasted) figured maple–because I did happen to have a 0.75″ strip leftover from some other project–too bad you can’t see the figured pattern on the ends!
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