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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 04-03-2009 04:41 PM 2535 views 17 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chess board I completed about 9 years ago. It was actually the first project I built that wasn’t a military shadow box. I saw the project in Woodsmith #132. I followed the plans closely with the exception of the veneer. I used birdseye maple & stained it to resemble the recommended burl elm. Additionally, I chose not to use the inlay around the board.

The squares are individually cut from walnut and hard maple and chamfered on all four sides. I finished the board using several coats of polyurethane. This was before I discovered the beauty of tung oil. Overall, I’m pleased with how the board turned out.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS





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#1 posted 04-03-2009 04:45 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!!

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Alan

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 04:48 PM

That looks great. I’m adding it to my favorites, as I would like to make something similar some day. Thanks for posting it.

Al

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isetegija

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#3 posted 04-03-2009 04:54 PM

Very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us.

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#4 posted 04-03-2009 05:39 PM

This one is a beauty! thanks for sharing. I think the choice not to use the inlay looks much better than similar tables with the inlay – makes this one look more like fine woodworking, then a woodworking chess table.

+1 for favorites!

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#5 posted 04-03-2009 05:46 PM

Really beautiful!

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

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#6 posted 04-03-2009 07:34 PM

I’ve added it to my favorites too, right next to Charlie’s. Now I can incorporate the best of both!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#7 posted 04-04-2009 01:22 AM

Now favorited 4 times!

Maybe one day I too can…

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#8 posted 04-04-2009 05:08 AM

The chamfered edges really make it pop, it stands out from cutting board style boards.

nice work.

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#9 posted 04-06-2009 03:17 AM

Thanks for all the kind words.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#10 posted 11-24-2009 08:17 AM

pat,
was it your intention to have the drawers come out the sides of the board instead of in front of the players?

i love the cabinet look. what is the overall size? it’s gourgeous. the individual compartments are nice. not everyone goes the extra mile

russv

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#11 posted 11-24-2009 08:24 AM

wonderful chessboard

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#12 posted 02-18-2013 10:39 AM

I like the chamfered edged squares. I’d worry about glue squeeze out though. Did you have that problem?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#13 posted 02-18-2013 11:23 AM

You should be pleased; it’s a beautiful chess board and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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

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