|Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker||posted 09-19-2014 03:12 AM||1637 views||3 times favorited||26 comments|
My neighbor buddy has a Grandmother who molded and fired her own set of porcelain chess pieces (or chessmen, or whatever you call a gaggle of chess pieces) and they have been passed down to my buddy’s son, who is a skilled player.
He so wanted a playing board worthy of both the quality and family-value placed on these pieces.
I told him I would make him one.
The pieces are large, so we decided on 2” x 2” squares of rock maple and walnut. I put a kinda complicated border around the board of ¼ “strips” of alternating maple and walnut. Hated it. Way too “busy, so I cut that off and did the plain Jane walnut border, which I think actually does balance with the board OK.
The box for the pieces had to be set back so that the top could open fully to store the pieces. My wife added the velvet to the interior of the box.
I hope this board holds up and gives many years of great memories to this wonderful family.
SealCoat x 2
Waterlox Original x 2
Waterlox Satin x 4
Steel wool rub
Paste Wax x 3