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    Side project - father's day

    This is something I started work on while I wait for my new tank to finish cycling.

    One of my earliest memories is my dad "teaching" me how to play chess at the age of 2.

    For the most part, the board is done. I need to smooth some things out and line up a couple minor things, but this is the first time I've ever ever crafted anythinf of this size.

    This weekend, I will move on to making the custom pieces, and if I have enough time, I might try to make a custom case.

    This will be for my dad for father's day.

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    Awesome man! Looks good.

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    More Tanks!

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    I need to get a planer.

    I decided to smooth out the board so that pieces can slide from one end of the board to the other. I had to piece them all and then sand them after. I prefer sanded/stained surfaces, so i then honey oil stained and waxed the surface.

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    That looks nice!

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    Came out good
    By cuts never come out clean


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smilet View Post
    Came out good
    By cuts never come out clean


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    Are you speaking of cuts in general, or those done with a power miter saw or chop saw?

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    Alternate thought.

    By no means am i an expert carpenter, but who would be interested in driving to redlands for either a mini meet or a future meet for basic stand construction and wood working?

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    Pretty cool board..., have you ever made a router jig to substitute for a planer? That may save a few $$$ and get those smooth results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Electric View Post
    Pretty cool board..., have you ever made a router jig to substitute for a planer? That may save a few $$$ and get those smooth results.
    You know. I was thinking of some alternative methods of planing these short strips that I used for this chessboard, and I need to figure out a track of some sort in order to do so.

    I had plans to make checkers out of wood, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to make them stackable with what i have got.

    But that being said, i haven't figured out a good way to do it it (turn the router into a makeshift planer)

    There are plans and videos that exist all over the internet in order to do it, but those are generally for just smoothing out warped or bent boards. My need to plsne is to make uniform depths with a measured stop.

    Probably, for the board i made, the best way to do it would be to make a uniform depth sled for my belt sander.

    Although.... As i think about it.... I think with as thin as these strips are, i could make the same thing for my router.

    Maybe for chess board 2.0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    You know. I was thinking of some alternative methods of planing these short strips that I used for this chessboard, and I need to figure out a track of some sort in order to do so.

    I had plans to make checkers out of wood, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to make them stackable with what i have got.

    But that being said, i haven't figured out a good way to do it it (turn the router into a makeshift planer)

    There are plans and videos that exist all over the internet in order to do it, but those are generally for just smoothing out warped or bent boards. My need to plsne is to make uniform depths with a measured stop.

    Probably, for the board i made, the best way to do it would be to make a uniform depth sled for my belt sander.

    Although.... As i think about it.... I think with as thin as these strips are, i could make the same thing for my router.

    Maybe for chess board 2.0.
    To make the pieces individually I can see the dilemma. but if each color was made with different wood to give the contrast then a planning jig could be easier once the project is together. Of course finishing with your finish of choice. Definitely a thought for board 2.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    You know. I was thinking of some alternative methods of planing these short strips that I used for this chessboard, and I need to figure out a track of some sort in order to do so.

    I had plans to make checkers out of wood, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to make them stackable with what i have got.

    But that being said, i haven't figured out a good way to do it it (turn the router into a makeshift planer)

    There are plans and videos that exist all over the internet in order to do it, but those are generally for just smoothing out warped or bent boards. My need to plsne is to make uniform depths with a measured stop.

    Probably, for the board i made, the best way to do it would be to make a uniform depth sled for my belt sander.

    Although.... As i think about it.... I think with as thin as these strips are, i could make the same thing for my router.

    Maybe for chess board 2.0.
    Making chess pieces stackable: use a large diameter drill bit in a drill press set to a depth to where it only goes a 1/4 of the way through the piece on both sides and then use a dremel to make rounded (sanding attachment) or triangular (cutting wheel) grooves in the rims of each piece. The grooves will fit together.
    Btw, if you ever want some competition for a good game of chess let me know man. I have those same memories of playing chess with my dad for hours while he routinely beat me over and over. His mentality was to give me the tips and to not let up on me so I learned the proper way to use them through trial and error. It took several years until I beat him and it was a 3 hour game, EPIC! Lol

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    More Tanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kole85 View Post
    Making chess pieces stackable: use a large diameter drill bit in a drill press set to a depth to where it only goes a 1/4 of the way through the piece on both sides and then use a dremel to make rounded (sanding attachment) or triangular (cutting wheel) grooves in the rims of each piece. The grooves will fit together.
    Btw, if you ever want some competition for a good game of chess let me know man. I have those same memories of playing chess with my dad for hours while he routinely beat me over and over. His mentality was to give me the tips and to not let up on me so I learned the proper way to use them through trial and error. It took several years until I beat him and it was a 3 hour game, EPIC! Lol

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    I might have the checkers figured out with minimal effort. I am going to use two diffeent size dowels and a forstner for the thinner dowel to fot through, and then offset the thinner dowel.

    It might work.gotta make sure I've guy the right Size dowel in the garage.

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