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Original Type of Chessboards I Made

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Project by WoodMosaics posted 1978 days ago 1580 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in the early 80’s when I first started making Chessboards, they were along this design. The first order I got, (that made me quit my job) was for 36 of them. I told them that they would all be different, and they were.

There are 560 pieces in the whole board, all put in in the same place, but using different kinds of wood can make a whole different look to each board.

Here is the description for the chessboard at the top; This chessboard is 11 3/4” square. Over all the board is 17 ¼” square. Each square is just under 1 1/2” and is made with 4 triangles. Two types of wood are in the chessboard. Three kinds of wood are on the whole board. The dark square is “Wenge” from West Africa; the light square is “Philippine Mahogany” from the Philippines. “Hackberry” from Missouri is around the chessboard itself. The design in each corner is a variation of a “Rolling Star” quilt pattern. There are 8 diamonds making a star but I put 4 triangles making a cross and hiding the star. The wood on the cross is “Wenge”. When the light shines on the “Philippine Mahogany” it shines like a new Penny. There are 560 pieces in the over lay, using 3 kinds of wood.

Here is the description and pictures of another variation of this type of board;

This chess board is 11 3/4” square. Over all the board is 17 ¼” square. Each square is just under 1 1/2” and is made with 4 triangles. Two types of wood are in the chessboard. Three kinds of wood are on the whole board. The dark square is “Wenge” from West Africa; the light square is “Hackberry” from Missouri. “Purpleheart” from Central America is around the chessboard itself. The design on the corners is a variation of a “Rolling Star” quilt pattern. I use the same wood as is in the chessboard. There are 560 pieces in the over lay using three kinds of wood.

Cbd Wenge-Hb-Ph with Star

Cbd Wenge-Hb-Ph with Star 3

Here is another; This chessboard is 11 3/4” square. Over all the board is 17 ¼” square. Each square is just under 1 1/2” and is made with 4 triangles. Two types of wood are in the chessboard. six kinds of wood are on the whole board. The dark square is “Bubinga” from West Africa; the light square is “Hackberry” from Missouri. “Elm” from Missouri is around the chessboard itself. The design in each corner is a variation of a “Rolling Star” quilt pattern. The wood on it, from the center of the star is “Walnut” and “Maple” from Missouri, “Wenge” from West Africa and then the “Elm”. There are 560 pieces in the over lay, using 6 kinds of wood.

Cbd Hb - Bubinga with star 1

Cbd Hb-Bub with Star 3

And another; This chess board is 11 3/4” square. Over all the board is 17 ¼” square. Each square is just under 1 1/2” and is made with 4 triangles. Two types of wood are in the chessboard. Five kinds of wood are on the whole board. The dark square is “Wenge” from West Africa; the light square is “Purpleheart” from Central or South America. The design on the corners is a variation of a “Rolling Star” quilt pattern. From the star out is “Walnut” “Hackberry” and “Elm” from Missouri. There are 560 pieces in the over lay using five kinds of wood.

Cbd Ph-Wenge With Star 1

Cbd Ph-Wenge With Star 4

Thank you for looking,
Robin Tucker

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 1978 days ago

You are the man! Does anyone ever tell you they forget the game while they become mesmerized looking at the board? Fantastic work as always.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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isetegija

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#2 posted 1978 days ago

This is magnificent work!
“The-not-your-normal-chessboards”

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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Woodhacker

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#3 posted 1978 days ago

Robin, this is another beautiful project. Great job.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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cajunpen

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#4 posted 1978 days ago

Beautiful boards. I’m afraid that I’d be busy studying the craftsmanship and would loose the match – at least that would be my excuse for loosing :-)) Really nice work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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TedM

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#5 posted 1977 days ago

Wow!

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Karson

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#6 posted 1977 days ago

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. A fantastic looking board.

-- 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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