Chess Board

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Project by dataman posted 2897 days ago 3527 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted to try building a chess board so this last spring I purchased some mahogany and curly maple (big investment for me) and got to work. It was intended for our oldest son’s birthday. Once I got it all glued up and pretty well finished I invited my wife to check it out and see what her thought where. She is my best critic (I am too hard on myself) and she really liked it. She was so excited that she ran and got the chess pieces her late mother had made for our son and brought them out to place on the board. Then she asked me “where are the pieces going?” I said on the board as we have placed them. No she says where will they be for storage when one isn’t playing chess or have it out on display? I indicated that they looked pretty good in the old girl scout cookie box she got them out of! That didn’t cut it so I had to figure out how to build a base that would house each piece and that the board would fit onto or be part of. It was tricky but after a couple of tries I built the base routing out the half curved groves and a thin piece of wood to form each pocket. Even learned how to flock it. Man are there the colors to choose from. As you can see Grandma loved blue so our son now has a blue and white chess set, a place to store the pieces plus the original project the board to play on. It was a fun project!
The natural colors of Mahogany and Maple contrast very nicely and the curly maple grain is spectacular.

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#1 posted 2896 days ago

Well the chess board is very impressive, but the storage area is just ingenious. What a perfect solution.

-- Ellen --

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#3 posted 2895 days ago

Good work! I keep saying I’m gonna build some more chess boards. I think your post
is the motivator I needed.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#4 posted 2352 days ago

wow, that is looking great, especially the curly maple. And i especially like the alternating grains. I’m making a board right now and i’ve bene trying to decide to go alternating versus same grain…. i was leaning towards same grain but you’ve given me something to think about!

-- "Measure twice, curse once"

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#5 posted 2230 days ago

excellent work ,build more

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#6 posted 2097 days ago

Hate to be redundant, but wow and excellent are my thoughts too. What kind of finish did you use on it?

-- Fred, Georgia

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#7 posted 2097 days ago

I applied about 9 coats of tung oil.

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#8 posted 2030 days ago

The wood choice that you’ve made on this is EXCELLENT! Fantastic project… well done!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 1880 days ago

In my years, I don’t think I’ve seen a chess board so beautiful (made out of wood – seen some good marble ones). Great work guy. The storage is VERY CLEVER.

-- Carving

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#10 posted 1880 days ago

So beautiful well done great wood choices

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1646 days ago

Very nice work and good call getting those out of the shoe box! Are those chess pieces made by wedgewood perhaps? If so I think you may have a pretty valuable set, I have been trying to track a set of those down without success for a long time, in fact I only ever saw one king and queen on sale at ebay and never found any others? If these are not the pieces that I think they are, could you please tell me who makes them?

-- "I gotta have more cowbell"--------Bruce Dickinson

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#12 posted 1646 days ago

The chess pieces are made of ceramic material. My wife’s mother made them prior to her passing. She took a class and this was one of her projects.

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#13 posted 1646 days ago

Nice Set !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#14 posted 1535 days ago

Looks real good!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 1016 days ago

Very nice and you are very funny per Piece/G Scout cookie box.

-- Misery is the root cause of fear. Fear not brethens.. Life is ART.

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