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Hello! I am making a chess table. The wood that will be used for the squares is dry. My neighbor cut down a tall ash tree, had his friend come out with mill and make it into boards. I got some of the "scraps" that have a live edge. I would like to use this as an edge around the chess board. I understand that as wood dries, it shrinks. Is there any way to put the green wood around the board such that as it shrinks, it will not look weird (such as a 1/4" or 1/2" gap at miter joints).
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If you use green wood you will have nothing but trouble with the chess table. When the wood shrinks it will pull on the joints.
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I was wondering if there might be a way to construct it so when the wood shrinks it will not damage everything
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You could tack the trim on with brads or use a flexible adhesive that would allow shrinkage without pulling the board apart. Silicone might work for that. The upside of this is that it's not permanent, so if it gets ugly when it dries you could remove it.

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Hello! I am making a chess table. The wood that will be used for the squares is dry. My neighbor cut down a tall ash tree, had his friend come out with mill and make it into boards. I got some of the "scraps" that have a live edge. I would like to use this as an edge around the chess board. I understand that as wood dries, it shrinks. Is there any way to put the green wood around the board such that as it shrinks, it will not look weird (such as a 1/4" or 1/2" gap at miter joints).
It can be done...correctly....you must follow some steps but it would be worth it to you.
1) You must remove the bark....it's bug invitation!!!
2) The only type finishes that will allow movement and moisture to release is a oil as Heritage Finishes. This allows it to breathe and dry without causing ill effects as hard finishes do.
3) The ideal system/setup would be the ash and chess board as 2 seperate pieces together....example similar to a picture frame with chess board "floating" within in a recess. This also allows IF in the future you change your mind it would be a simple lift the board out.
4) To prevent excessive shrinkage keep it less than say 2 1/2"....the oil will help control a more even slow shrinkage which will help movements s bad.

Enjoy the project!!!
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