My original intention was to update very frequently, but the last couple of weeks have been extremely busy as I am working on final school projects and have been somewhat behind with a couple of things. Sorry about not keeping up with the updates. The game board has been progressing very well overall. The project is glued-up, planed, and cut to the final dimensions. All that is left is some sanding, the laser, and the finish. Now for my mistakes:
The project has had to be worked down a lot more than I had hoped for due to the somewhat crude oak I had selected. The final project dimensions are 17-7/16 x 18 inches. This is okay thankfully, because the standard grid will still fit comfortably on the wood. The board also turned out to be 1-1/8 inches thick as it was worked down in the planer quite a bit. I would honestly make it even thinner due to the fact that there are still a few imperfections in the wood, but there are some knots that I don’t want to break open. However, my biggest mistake occurred after the glue-up. Due to the length of the glue-up table, I had to perform three separate glue-ups and then glue them all together into one. This created a big problem because before the glue-up, many of the boards were warped and had to be squeezed together tightly. As a result, the end planks of those three separate glue-ups were really warped and could not be fixed when I went to glue all of them together. In the end, there were two spots with cracks, splitting the whole board into thirds. One of them was fairly small and not a big deal after everything was cut to size, but something had to be done about the other one. I cut through that crack, squared up the exposure, and glued them back together, thus solving the problem with the one. However, I cannot cut the other one because the board will likely not be wide enough if I do. Like I have said, the crack is small and not too noticeable, but I do have a possible solution that might work all together. Research has told me that one can stick glue and very fine saw dust into those cracks and make them look almost unnoticeable. Does anyone have anything to say about this? Any thoughts, suggestions, or concerns? Again I thank everyone for their time.