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Project by Spacehog posted 44 days ago 580 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently decided to try my hand at a full sized chess board for a friend. I decided to try some new tools and stuff and I’m pretty pleased with the result. The woods for the playing surface and corners are sugar maple and something that might be rosewood. The border is ash, walnut and red oak on the outside. I sealed the board with Shellac and then put a topcoat of EnviroTex Lite. The bottom has some felt feet which are not pictured. I feel like I could do a lot better if I tried to make a board again, and I expect that eventually I will try. But for a first try at something like this, I’m basically satisfied with the result. But any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks for looking!

-- Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...





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Bill Huffman

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#1 posted 44 days ago

Thats gorgeous!! Just make sure the chess pieces have felt so they don’t mar that beautiful finish!. (I’m sure its resilient enough, jus sayin’)

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Jake

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#2 posted 44 days ago

I Love a good chess board project! made my first and last so far in december. You did a much better job on the finish than I could!
I personally prefer the dark sides better (A light strip around the playing field wide dark edges around that to finish the board). In my mind it makes the board pop more, but it is up to personal preference.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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Spacehog

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#3 posted 43 days ago

Cool, thanks a lot guys! I’ll certainly take that advice about felt on the pieces. I am definitely interested in trying some different techniques and styles of chess boards so I’ll probably give the dark edge idea a shot here at some point too. Thanks again!

-- Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...

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stefang

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#4 posted 43 days ago

Looks great! I would be happy with a result like this if it were my first or last.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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hoss12992

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#5 posted 43 days ago

Awesome!

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Surfside

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#6 posted 42 days ago

I know how much work went into it and the outcome is truly amazing.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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twoblacklabs

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#7 posted 40 days ago

Looks great to me.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 40 days ago

That’s a beautiful board. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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