Cypress Chess Board

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Project by lumberjacques posted 1953 days ago 1862 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is made from a solid piece of Cypress. The chess board portion was created by simply lowering (with a router) the area surrounding it. The squares were created by scratching with an awl the grid work for the squares. The darker squares were created by adding the ever so slightest hint of wood stain. The entire board was then finished with Tung oil. All of the rough edges are left deliberately. The edges of the chess board were “ogeed” with a router, painted flat black, then roughed up with steel wool to give the old well worn effect. The idea behind the design was to be able to see the end grain continuity whether looking at the chess board or the side area.
One day, I will get around to making chess pieces…..

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#1 posted 1953 days ago

now THAT is a chess board. Great imagination!

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#2 posted 1953 days ago

Very cool loking chess board. I like how the rough edges and knots have been left adding to the appearence.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 1953 days ago

Thanks. Was inspired by antique shops down in Florida.

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#4 posted 1953 days ago

That’s awesome! Nice work!!

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#5 posted 1953 days ago

That takes some vision well done sir.


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#6 posted 1953 days ago

Very nice

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#7 posted 1953 days ago

Who would have thought it? I like it top to bottom! The grain (rings?) that extend past the board give a painterly effect!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#8 posted 1953 days ago

Coolest rustic board I’ve ever seen. All from one solid piece! Looks like the pawn on A2 may just fall right into the bayou!

The whole cross section of the cypress is absolutely fascinating. I had no idea there was that much going on inside them.

I want to see what chess pieces you use with it.

-- Scott - Katy, Texas

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#9 posted 1952 days ago

Wow! That is really cool.

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#10 posted 1952 days ago

Awesome chess board!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 1884 days ago

Absolutely love it! Real conversation piece for sure.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#12 posted 1884 days ago

cool chess board well done

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 1884 days ago

Very nice. Is that old growth, river recovered ?

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#14 posted 1883 days ago

hi sandhill

that particular slab of wood is actually “tourist trap” growth found in many such places along the i-95 in florida…. :-)

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