Introduction: Checkers / Chess Board

Step 0: Material

1 MDF or Medium Wood board 50cm x
50cm x 1cm

2 wood veneer sheet ( 1 dark and 1 light)

1 veneer saw (1 very sharp cutter can be enough but it's not the best tool)

1 long piece of wood to make the model

1 tube of wood glue

1 roll of adhesive kraft paper

1 press

X sheets of sandpaper (P240 to P400)

1 sponge

1 hand Scraper

1 pot of wood polish

Step 1: Creation of Reference Ruler & Cutting the Veneer Sheets

Cut a wood rectangle, which will be the model during all the manufacturing of the object, the recommended width is 3.5 cm, the length must be greater but the exact dimension doesn't matter.

For each veneer sheet cut at least 5 strips using the model and the veneer saw, all strips have the same width as the reference ruler.

You can cut more strips for safety if you want.

Step 2: First Assembling

Alternate the black and white strips, and assemble it the kraft paper.

Step 3: Top of the Checkers Board

Cut in the other direction with the veneer saw and the ruler to obtain strips with black and white squares.

Use kraft paper again to assemble the strips.

Step 4: Outline of the Board

Add the veneer wood of the color your choice to make the outline of the checkerboard, by the same principle as before (with the rule template, except the cutting of the angles at 45 ° to have trapezes and not rectangles).

So the outline have the same width as a one case of the checkerboard, but it's possible to reduce the size as you wish, continue to assemble with kraft paper to maintain it (The face with the kraft paper will be the visible face once the checkerboard is finished, the other face will be glued on a wood board).

Step 5: Bottom of the Board

For the bottom of the board you can simply cut a square of veneer sheet at the good dimension or make a pattern as shown in the photo

Step 6: Prepare the MDF Board

On a medium board of 1cm thick, draw the diagonals, for later be able to center the top & bottom faces on the plate.

Draw at the good size the outline of the board in veneer on the MDF plate, resize the MDF plate with a saw at the same dimension than the checkerboard.

Step 7: Sticking Top and Bottom Faces

Glue the veneer with wood glue on the paperless side, and position it on the MDF plate.

Do the same for the other side of the medium plate.

Wipe off the excess glue, wrap it with paper to protect the wood Once the two faces are glued, keep the whole tightening thanks a press for 30min to 45min.

Step 8: Side of the Plate

Cut thin strips of veneer to cover the sides of the checkerboard and paste them in the same way as described previously.

Remove kraft paper with a damp sponge and the scraper.

Step 9: Finalization

Sand both sides with a fine-grained sandpaper, starting with the biggest graining and finishing with the finest

clean the board, waxing and/or varnishing it

Step 10: Enjoy Chess / Checker Game With Friends

Woodworking Contest 2017

Participated in the
Woodworking Contest 2017