Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Custom Checker Board Game

This Custom Checker Board went to The Base Camp Cafe in Columbia Falls, Montana  a local cafe for use by their customers.  The board was made out of dark walnut and hard maple and measures in around 25  inches wide and 25 inches long.

Anyone interested can have one of these made out of pretty much any wood type you might choose.

Completed Checker Board delivered
Game pieces was cut out of a local tree and will be stamped and then painted Red or Black.

Trim boards have now been attached.

Trim boards in glue up.

Out of glue up and the sanding process begins.

Final sections glued up

Final glueup

Now I will re-glue all the boards back together only in the reversed order below.  It will be done in several steps in order to ensure proper alignment of squares.

Rotate every other board and this is what the board will look like.
Next I cut 2 1/2 inch strips across the grain and reversed every other board to create the checker board pattern.

Reverse the board and cut crossways into 2 1/2 inch strips.

First the strips are glued up this way

Glue has been applied and clamps tightened.

And laid out on the clamps

Wood selected and planed.
I cut the boards (4 each kind) into 2 1/2 inches wide x 25 inches long and then ran them through the planer to get consistent size..

Stay tuned for more updates soon......:-) ****************************************************************
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Custom Baseball Handled Pizza Peel for Mike Scioscia

This custom pizza peel is being made for a client as a gift for Mike Scioscia—manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California and former player for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 However, due to the written conditions of the copy write permission letter I can't show you a full photo of the complete project. Sorry...just use your imagination.

The peel was made out of ash with the handle being turned on a lathe to look like a baseball bat.  It measures in at 18 inches wide x 31 inches long.

The lettering was done using an Epilog laser. For some reason the board did not darken the letters like normal, so I had to get creative.

 Knowing the peel would be used for actually making pizza's, it had to be food safe. There are not a lot of food safe stains that I could find. A simple remark from my local Home Depot paint clerk helped me make my choice.  "You should just use food coloring"  We tried it..let it dry and then coated it with a food grade mineral oil.  I think it turned out awesome.

Finished Pizza Peel

Baseball bat style handle

Proposed layout

Stay tuned for more updates soon......:-) ****************************************************************
For more information about ordering your own custom board go to: