This is one project I definitely regret selling. At the time it seemed like a good idea.
I scored a set of ‘Romans versus Vikings’ resin chess pieces for a bargain from Trademe, and decided to make a DIY chessboard during the Christmas holidays.
I had a spare offcut of Puriri from a tree we felled on our old property. I cut it square, sanded it smooth, routed the edges curved and filled the inperfections with wood filler.
The tricky part was painting it. The steps in brief were.
- Cover the entire board in high quality masking tape.
- Measure and mark 64 squares, and add border if desired.
- Using a craft knife carefully cut the tape and remove the squares to be painted.
- Using matt-black spray paint, spray several coats (allowing time to dry between coats).
- Paint the entire board with several coats of clear varnish.
I finished the project by adding antique-esque edge protectors and felt feet.
It looked awesome if I do say so myself. DId I mention that I regret selling this?
Will have to make another one one day.