16JAN2012-It's been a long time but I have finally started the project again. I have my workshop set up at my future in-laws. It is an hour away but my in-laws are wonderful and allow me to use my workshop and spend as many nights there as I wish.
Over the last several weeks, I turned the black pieces and more recently the white pieces.
I ultimately decided to use Ebony for the black pieces and Rock Maple for the white.
For the border I used Purpleheart with a maple laminate edge which gives a nice border transition from the squares to the Purpleheart.
Since we are now only allowed 4 photos per post I will have to put the new photos on page 3 of this thread.
17JUL2010-Just another small update.
I visited the world famous Hearnes Hardwoods near Oxford, Pennsylvania, about a half hour from my home. People from all over the world visit Hearnes for their exotic hardwoods. Hearnes has more hardwood and exotics woods in one place than I have seen at all other places combined.
Anyway, I picked up some Purpleheart wood and some Ebony. I decided to use the Ebony for the dark pieces as it will contrast nicely with the East Indian Rosewood I am using for the dark squares.
I am still waiting for my table saw to come in.
It is a Delta Unisaw. It is a very nice cabinet saw in 3 Horsepower. I cannot continue my work until it comes in next few days.
On a similar note I accidentally broke my jointer. The jointer I use has a granite fence and as I was moving the jointer to clean up my shop, I bumped the fence and the granite just broke in half and fell to the floor.
A replacement is on the way.
It has been a rough week I guess.
I will post some more photos soon.
11JUL2010- Just a small update. I have been having trouble with my table saw over the last couple months. It just doesn't want to cut a 2x4 lengthwise in the vertical position. It starts binding and the blade gets so hot it smokes like an overheated machine gun!
Anyway, for the FIRST time in my woodworking "career" I was cut as the piece I was running "bucked" on the hot blade.
It took a few good gouges from my right thumb (good thing I am left handed, eh? ). My thumb is still attached and will heal with care.
The table saw is already history and I will order a new one tomorrow.
I have been woodworking for a number of years and thought I would try crafting a chess set.
Over the last couple years I have been trying to come up with a design that I liked.
Well, it was time to stop drawing it and start cutting it.
The "white" squares are cut from Marblewood and the dark squares from East Indian Rosewood.
For the chess pieces, which I already have drawn designs for, I am using Osage Orange for the "white" pieces and Honduras Rosewood for the dark pieces.
I will post more photos as I progress.
Has anyone else done something like this?