Laser Cut Chess Board with Compass Rose Inlay

by TimJones, published

Laser Cut Chess Board with Compass Rose Inlay by TimJones Jun 15, 2010


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14.5" x 14.5" Chess Board with a compass rose inlayed in the center.

Designed to be made from 4 different hardwoods (see concept pic).

The brightly colored sample pic was scaled down and cut out of 4 different colors of hardcard, and then glued together onto a piece of foamcore.


After cutting out the board, I realized that the center ring with the alternating triangular pieces of wood were very difficult to work with. Next time I would just make that ring a solid color-- it worked the way it is designed, it just took a lot of work with a set of tweezers to glue down the hard word.

After cutting out the pieces, you should glue them down to another piece of wood and finish it. I also tried clamping the pieces in between two pieces of plexiglass and that turned out pretty cool (sorry, I don't have any pics).

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