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Project by bigguy posted 02-20-2009 11:51 PM 1999 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project in progress. The board is curly Koa, Maple and Black Walnut. I am hoping to finish the finish sometime this weekend. As some of you know, I travel a lot…if it doesn’t get done this weekend, who knows when the “final” pix will get posted :)

Squares are 2 3/16…borders are 2 X 2

Woodcraft used to have kits for the pieces which seem to have been discontinued. Anyone have a source?

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. New TX resident...





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Kate

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#1 posted 02-21-2009 12:09 AM

nice board

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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jm82435

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#2 posted 02-21-2009 01:18 AM

purty.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#3 posted 02-21-2009 02:38 AM

That koa sure is beautiful.

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

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#4 posted 02-21-2009 02:49 AM

Very cool…. the wood combination looks great…

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

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noknot

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#5 posted 02-21-2009 05:00 AM

Theres a book on making the pieces at woodcraft it had neat ideas, sorry I cant recall the name great looking board.

-- GO DAWGS!

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#6 posted 02-21-2009 05:08 AM

Looks fantastic… wow is it sharp!

Here is a link to Rockler where you can get your chess board pieces…. $14.99 and made from hard maple. Not bad at all – I think they’d match pretty well too.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=4972&filter=Chess

Zac

-- "Start with ten.....end with ten"

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JohnVV

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#7 posted 02-21-2009 05:54 AM

That looks really nice. How are you handling the expansion of the board within the frame?
I have a little chess table I need to make a top for, because the original builder didn’t take the expansion into consideration.

-- -- John, Washington, DC

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 02-21-2009 10:13 AM

Hi Bigguy;

That’s a pretty piece, for sure. I hope the knights don’t leave hoof prints. If they do, they’ll probably pawn it off on someone else. LOL

Nice workmanship!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#9 posted 02-22-2009 04:22 AM

Great job. Koa is a great wood for chessboards..

That’s what I used in this one.

Click for details

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-22-2009 05:43 AM

Beautiful looking set. how thick is the Koa pieces/

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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bigguy

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#11 posted 02-23-2009 06:12 PM

Thanks for the comments, and the sources for the pieces! I used what I remember from what I believe was a woodsmith article assembling the board leaving about .010 (thickness of a playing card) for expansion. I live in CA so I’m trusting this shouldn’t be much of a problem…boring weather and all… Squares are about 1/4” thick.
Love your work Gary…

Ron

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. New TX resident...

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