Video: Crafting a regulation-size end grain chessboard
February 25, 2020 | 7:00 pm UTC
Watch woodworker Mike McCrory craft a regulation-size end grain chessboard. The finished build features a brass border and hand-carved initials using gold leaf.
"The squares are 2.25" x 2.25" and they are made from ash and black walnut," he writes. "The frame around the board is 2.5" wide and it's made from black walnut with a tiger maple edge band. The mitered corners of the frame are reinforces with mortise and tenon joinery. Four inch finger slots are routed along the bottom of the two sides. The thickness of the board is 1.25."'
He uses a custom made mortising jig. All other tools are listed in the YouTube video description.
On his YouTube channel Wood U Make It, McCrory has amassed more than 57,000 subscribers and 5.5 million views. He makes cabinets, tie racks, cutting boards, workbenches, and other furniture. He also restores old furniture items, reviews woodworking equipment, and builds shop equipment like dust collectors, crosscut sleds, and a drill press fence.

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