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Been wanting to make some chess/checker sets, including board, for Toys For Tots, for some time. Ran across this a bit too late for this year. The part that was holding me back was the board, all I could come up with was using tape to lay out the squares, then paint, etc. Way too slow, but all my googling searches came up with the same thing. I knew there had to be a better way, but just could not figure out how, until I found this. Go to post 5. https://www.physicsforums.com/thread...-board.122178/ I couldn't really wrap my mind around what was meant, until I made this 'plan' of what it was. Should work great, I'll use plywood to make a master, stops on the bottom, so I can fit a square of 1/2" plywood just right, paint, let dry, shift the master, with more stops, paint the rest of the squares, let dry, and good to go. For the chess pieces and checkers I will be doing similar to the second picture. The bottom side of the chess pieces will be blank, and just turn over for checkers. Simple, easy to make, should be able to turn out quite a few per hour. Include pages of instruction for both chess and checkers, and should be good to go. Hope to find some ziplock bags or similar to hold it all.
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Hello JOAT!



I don't figure out what you did draw, but find it interesting.

I' ll wait till you might post picture of your template(s).

Made a wooden chess once , but hand painted , no template.


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Hello!

Got to think a bit about it.

I suggest a template that is used for spraying paint and then rotate 180 and spray again:
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I think of using this template for my next chess board

If you got better , I'd like to follow.

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I made this table several months ago and bought the checkerboard squares and that was a big mistake. Next time I will make my own. You can see in the picture how bad they look.

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I don’t know why anyone would paint squares . Wouldn’t it be better to use a lighter wood and a darker wood combined ?

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I suggest a template that is used for spraying paint and then rotate 180 and spray again:
Yep, that is just what I am doing. Except you did it a whole lot nicer.

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I made this table several months ago and bought the checkerboard squares and that was a big mistake. Next time I will make my own. You can see in the picture how bad they look.
Looks good to me. But I would make my own squares too. The more you can make yourself, and not buy, the more fun it is.
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I don’t know why anyone would paint squares . Wouldn’t it be better to use a lighter wood and a darker wood combined ?
Yes, if you wanted a really nice board. But these are intended for Toys For Tots, and the object is to pump out as many decent sets as quickly as possible. Painting the squares will speed the process considerably. I'd rather be able to give a dozen sets with painted squares, rather than maybe one with wood squares.

There are some people painting squares, and charging good money. http://www.jollieprimitives.com/hand...ker-board.aspx There are other sites out there who make similar board, but 'antique' them, not my cuppa.
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Originally I was going to paint the squares with a brush. Then got to wondering if the Acrylic Latex could be sprayed instead. On to google. Turns out, yes, just thin it down properly, and can be used thru paint sprayers, more hassle than I want, don't have one anyway; or even hand pump spritzers, my choice. Or, could even make a 'spray can', I don't think I will. DIY Spray Paint: 7 Steps (with Pictures) Not 100% sure spraying will work out, but from what I have read, it should. But, if not, I have plenty of paint brushes.

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Hello!

Sure a brush will do !

hard brush and a somehow not to thin paint could do it.

Or liquid stain and Art mouth atomiser:

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Advantage.../dp/B0027A5AT2.

I do use something similar for spraying thin fixative on watercoulours.


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