Make a chessboard using real wood veneers that you cut precisely and laminate in a vacuum press.
Working with thin pieces of two kinds of wood with naturally contrasting colors, you will learn to cut strips and then shorter pieces to precise widths and lengths. You will arrange the veneer pieces into a traditional chessboard pattern, glue them to a plywood base, and use a vacuum press to provide even pressure while the glue cures.
Then you will make solid wood banding for the edges, fine-tuning the joints so they fit precisely. And, finally, you will smooth out the surfaces and apply a coat of a natural wood finish.
You will go home with a chessboard approximately 14" square and 3/4" thick that's ready to use.
A materials fee of $10, included in the cost of the class, covers all materials and supplies to make the board. You will need to supply the chess pieces or checkers.
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