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Project by Dave Durham posted 1981 days ago 3673 views 44 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a large set, 24” x 24”. The King is 6” tall. I made the board, not the Chess Pieces. It’s solid Oak. The opposite corners “float” above the table. The other corners appear to sink into the table. The board is square when viewed from the top. The board is supported by the two lower corners and two squares in the middle of the board that go all the way down to the table. It’s a fun board to play on.

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at http://www.DaveDurham.com





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kshipp

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#1 posted 1981 days ago

That is a very interesting design. How did you accomplish the glue-up of this?

-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com

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Dave Durham

61 posts in 1981 days


#2 posted 1981 days ago

I computer modeled the board with several different height changes to find the one that I liked aesthetically. I then cut block risers for the different heights (every one IS different). The board is a mirror image so I only had to create blocks for half the board. Each row was then glued up one row at a time. Most squares were easy, the really thin ones were hard. Each row was then glued to the row next to it. All of the staining was done before the glue up. To do it again (and I am working on a couple of different variations) I’ll need to find a different way to do the thin squares.

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at http://www.DaveDurham.com

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 1981 days ago

all that work and only one picture ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Dave Durham

61 posts in 1981 days


#4 posted 1981 days ago

OK, added a couple more pix. These on a glass table.

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at http://www.DaveDurham.com

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jimp

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#5 posted 1981 days ago

Nice Work!

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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moshel

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#6 posted 1981 days ago

is the end grain facing up? Very nice board!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Dave Durham

61 posts in 1981 days


#7 posted 1981 days ago

Yes, the end grain is facing up. Each square (3”x3”) is made up of 4 smaller squares (1.5” x 1.5”) and each of those 1.5” squares is made up of two rectangles (1.5” x .75”) so each colored square is made of of 8 pieces, all with the end grain up and at slightly different diagonals.

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at http://www.DaveDurham.com

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moshel

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#8 posted 1981 days ago

hmmmm…. how long did it take to complete? this looks like an insane amount of work :-)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Dave Durham

61 posts in 1981 days


#9 posted 1981 days ago

I usually spend more time designing a project then actually building it. This took several weeks to design (maybe 20 man hours) and I built it in 5 evenings (about 15 man hours). I spend a lot of design time trying to come up the simplest way to build something. Everything is computer modeled and remodeled. I play with proportions and colors. Sometimes I will print out a plan at actual size and place it in the final location just to get a sense for how it works in the space. I also modeled my entire house in the computer and place all furniture “virtually” in the space before I begin construction to see if I like how it “fits”. Yea, a little anal, but if I’m going to take the time to make something, I like to know it’s been well thought out. Measure twice – cut once, I like to extend to: design twice – build once.

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at http://www.DaveDurham.com

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Todd Thomas

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#10 posted 1981 days ago

man that is one cool chess board….great job…well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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93mwm

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#11 posted 1981 days ago

are the blocks made up of lots of small ones just for looks or does it affect the stability of the glue up?
Cheers

-- mwm! Before you criticise walk a mile in their shoes, and when you do criticise you will be a mile away and have their shoes!

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Rotceh

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#12 posted 1981 days ago

it´s very cool.great job

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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moshel

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#13 posted 1981 days ago

I salute you! this is a very nice combination of engineering and skill

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Woodhacker

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#14 posted 1981 days ago

Dave, welcome to LJ, this is a great sight with great members.

Looks like you’ve added topography to the battlefield! Really cool idea and execution.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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rikkor

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#15 posted 1981 days ago

Now that’s pretty cool!

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