For my final project, I have decided to create a chess board, complete with a storage unit, and possibly a matching cribbage set to go with it.
I began by exploring some ideas, considering a nightstand charging station, or a pair of bamboo ski poles. I discovered that I liked the wood aesthetic the best. After more research, I found that the clash of contrasting colors, such as light and dark woods, looked the best. This is what I wanted to pursue.
Because I value function, I also wanted an eye-pleasing product that would also work and that I could use for something.
I want the look to be all wood. I have thought about introducing bamboo into the wood design as well, possibly create the look of modern/contemporary “columns”. Often, bamboo isn’t combined with maple or walnut, so it could be a cool look if done correctly. In a way, I am creating my own aesthetic, which is subject to change as I figured out what is feasible to build.
After a little more thought, I found this image of an example which I could incorporate into my aesthetic. It is a contemporary Asian vibe, with bamboo that is colored a certain material.
I enjoy the look of bamboo added to this design, which is popular in contemporary Asian culture, as seen in the images below:
Here are a few images of my thoughts:
Michael’s Wood Craft
Youtube-I like this because there is a wood pattern in the middle, with a nice polished border on the edges. I could do something like this for my item.
I like the color scheme on this.
Overall, I like the combination of woods, with a little flavor of Contemporary Asian.
To demonstrate the aesthetic and learn about the build process, I decided to make a mini checker pattern. This allowed me to learn what types of wood worked best and looked nice. I started by going to the Makerspace to see what kind of scrap wood I could find. I found some contrasting colors and began to glue them together, using vices to secure them together while the glue set.
I did not worry about the wood being different sizes, as I could cut it down later on.
After it was glued together, I let it set for approximately 24 hours.
I then removed the vices and was left with this product:
From here, I cut the wood the long way to get 3 equal size pieces that I could then use to create the checker pattern.
I reglued them together, and let it set for 24 hours again.
Following this step, I used a hand planar to level all the surfaces and ensure they were even and smooth.
- Experiment with the grain patterns and directions the grains face
- Find wood that is the same thickness
- Leave extra on the ends, you may need to cut it in the end, which isn’t a problem
- When planing, ensure you have the correct tools
- Glue the wood together on a flat surface
- Use the same kind of wood, don’t use scrap wood that I find
Here is the link to my in class presentation: https://youtu.be/ACQeEr3nMVw
To see the slides, click this link: click here