Chess board

  • Advertise with us
Project by Stephen Fox posted 02-23-2009 12:05 AM 8402 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Chess board
Chess board No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

This was a fairly straight forward plan, the plans and hardware came from rockler as i recall. The plans called for doweling all the squares together and i found this not to be possible. No matter how I tried i could not get the precision to get the thing to fit together so they were just glued to the base. One thing I learned is that when a piece has repeating elements like 8X8 squares any error gets magnified – 1/32 per square ends up being 8/32 when added up. I have found that a dial indicator, Calipers? is a must for getting good results.

-- Stephen NYS

10 comments so far

View firecaster's profile


571 posts in 3326 days

#1 posted 02-23-2009 12:25 AM

Great looking project.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

View CharlieM1958's profile


16272 posts in 4126 days

#2 posted 02-23-2009 01:45 AM

Building a chess board is a learning experience for sure!

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

View Spuds's profile


25 posts in 3373 days

#3 posted 02-23-2009 03:43 AM

Nice job and very good point on the cumulative error when making something like this, with that many squares it adds up quick!

-- Steve

View TomFran's profile


2957 posts in 3902 days

#4 posted 02-23-2009 04:54 AM

Beautiful job!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

View LocalMac's profile


281 posts in 3314 days

#5 posted 02-23-2009 05:10 AM

I couldn’t imagine trying to dowel all those squares together. it came out looking great. I’m currently working on a chess board I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m learning. Mostly the what not to dos of woodworking. Frustrating but much needed education for me.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

View SteveKorz's profile


2134 posts in 3622 days

#6 posted 02-23-2009 08:24 AM

Gorgeous… really nice… well done.

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

View Brad_Nailor's profile


2539 posts in 3865 days

#7 posted 02-23-2009 02:46 PM

Nice looking board! I like the design.
Dial caliper is a MUST! I live and die by mine. I bought a real nice one from Highland that reads in inches not decimels. Forget tape measures for anything but rough measure while your at it as well. Get a good set of metal rules.


View Dennis Zongker's profile

Dennis Zongker

2717 posts in 3500 days

#8 posted 02-23-2009 03:51 PM

Very nice! I like how the squares are above the playing field.

-- Dennis Zongker

View Scooter McClain's profile

Scooter McClain

174 posts in 1830 days

#9 posted 02-20-2013 04:14 PM

Looks beautiful!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

View helluvawreck's profile


30164 posts in 2774 days

#10 posted 02-20-2013 04:16 PM

Nice clean work. It looks really good.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics