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Project by jeff_wenz posted 11-04-2014 10:08 PM 4024 views 28 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always thought building one of these would be neat. The idea is to be able to play a casual game of chess. Since it hangs on the wall, the game can take days or even weeks.

I used wenge (dark) and anigre (light) veneer for the checkerboard design. Each square is 1.5” x 3”. They are veneered to ½” plywood. After scraping the glue, the rabbets for the acrylic shelves was cut on a radial arm saw. I painted the rabbets black, attached it to the frame and glued in the acrylic shelves.

I gave the chessboard to a chess-playing friend. He had never seen anything like it and loved it.

-- Jeff, North Carolina





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#1 posted 11-05-2014 02:58 AM

This is beautiful and unique! An ever changing piece of wall art. Is there a place to store captured pieces? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 11-05-2014 03:19 AM

What’s the extra piece of wood on the edge of the black pawns’ shelf?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 03:22 AM

Jeff this is oh so cool, thanks for posting…BC

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 03:30 AM

Very nicely done. I really like the idea of this board hanging on the wall and just making a move as you pass by in morning. It’s a really neat idea and you did it very well.

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 03:49 AM

Very cool. Never seen that before. It looks like a good idea to me.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#6 posted 11-05-2014 04:23 AM

Nicely done. Wife’s been after me to make one of these.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 11-05-2014 12:50 PM

Really great idea. Good execution too

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 11-05-2014 01:13 PM


This is beautiful and unique! An ever changing piece of wall art. Is there a place to store captured pieces? Thanks for sharing.

- CFrye

Great question! The captured pieces are stored on the top of the frame. I selected a moulding that had a flat top profile.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#9 posted 11-05-2014 01:18 PM



What s the extra piece of wood on the edge of the black pawns shelf?

- JJohnston

What you are seeing is a game marker. It says “last move”. If a game is not played at one sitting, this allows the players (maybe between a couple, coworkers, etc.) to walk by the board and quickly know who made the last move. there is also another game marker piece labeled “check”.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#10 posted 11-05-2014 01:21 PM


Very cool. Never seen that before. It looks like a good idea to me.

- Matt Stauffer

They say imitation is the best form of flattery. This idea is not mine. I first saw it by Straight Up Chess. I bought my chess pieces from Steve and asked him to include the marker set (“last move” and “check”).

(2 minute) video of the game in action.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#11 posted 11-05-2014 03:00 PM

NEAT!!!!

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#12 posted 11-05-2014 03:09 PM

Very cool and well done!

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#13 posted 11-05-2014 04:03 PM

That’s a new one on me, but I really like it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 11-05-2014 06:30 PM

Jeff, you may be interested in this bench from Lee Valley. It seems like it would be perfect for things like this.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=71736&cat=1,41637!https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/nekwqdl.jpg!

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#15 posted 11-05-2014 06:34 PM


Jeff, you may be interested in this bench from Lee Valley. It seems like it would be perfect for things like this.

haha! That is great.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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