Crown Me King with this Checkerboard Build!Comments (0)
our Fall 2021 Woodcraft
Catalog, we featured a short scoop on a Checkerboard build with one of our
interns, Nikhil Narwani. Although his only woodworking experience was in the
novice category of woodturning pens, he wanted to take this opportunity to
learn more. No better time and place to add to his resume with this experience,
than with Woodcraft and its staff of
experienced woodworkers both at the Parkersburg Woodcraft store
and from our corporate
office. You can have fun being the “King” of the workshop with this enjoyable
project build and in playing the game; it’s a win-win for everyone!
this checkerboard is a project that combines the use of hand tools, power tools,
CNC skills and epoxy design accents for
both the board and checker pieces. The checkerboard is built typical to a
cutting board style. Follow along to learn how this was created and make one
for yourself or gift it to someone who will certainly appreciate your
handcrafted artistry and loves the game too!
the checker pieces involve a little more time for the resin to cure, we began creating
twenty-four checker pieces first. Twelve in walnut, and twelve in curly maple
for defining opposing player contrast. The “Pawn” sides are left plain and the flip
sides are cut on our Next
Wave Shark SD100 CNC Machine with a starred cavity design. Nikhil attached
a spoil board and stops to the CNC so he could position the pieces in the same
spot repetitively for engraving the stars.
Clear Cast epoxy coat was applied to the star cutouts inside walls and
floor to seal the grain first, and let dry. The star cavities were then filled
with two different dye colors; in this case 12 blue and 12
with some added Pearl
Powder, to designate the “King” level of the game pieces for each player,
and let cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The star epoxy
filled panels were set back up on the CNC and programmed to cut out the individual
checker rounds, leaving three tabs to hand chisel out, which held the pieces centered
during the relief cuts.
on to the checker board build, Nikhil learned to prep and dress rough lumber. The final board will measure 16-3/4 inch square by 5/8 inch thick. The checker pieces are 1-1/2 inches in diameter by 1/2 inches thick.
These four dado cuts measure 1/2 inch centered from
the edge, 1/4 inch wide and 3/16" deep. The same blue and white dye colors were poured
into the grooves to aesthetically match the checker pieces, bringing the set
together. Nikhil finished with the Abranet
hook and loop sanding pack on the Mirka
RO Sander, and applied Osmo
satin clear wood wax finish for its durability to hold up well on a game
board. Watch as the Osmo finish brings the grain to life!
The game is "afoot", or shall we say, at hand! Checkers anyone?
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