Chess board

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Project by GaryK posted 06-26-2007 01:47 AM 6461 views 13 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chessboard that I am still working on. It is made from the following woods:

Frame – Mahogany
White squares – Birdseye Maple
Black squares – Curly Koa
Border around squares: Chac Te Koke (the red wood) Holly (the white stripes) Gabon Ebony (between squares and red wood) Curly Koa (between white stripes)
Drawer faces and sides – Curly maple veneers
Playing pieces are Holly and Ebony. Each is made from 3 pieces, black with white stripe
and white with black stripe

The round swinging drawers are made from glued up birch plywood for stability.
I just need to figure out a good base or legs, and the insides of the drawers

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 06-26-2007 03:24 AM

Very nice chess board and chess men. Are the tops readly available for the chess men and women.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 06-26-2007 03:37 AM

As chess sets go, this one seriously kicks butt, Mark!

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

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#3 posted 06-26-2007 03:39 AM

Great board. Looking forward to seeing how you address the base and drawers.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 06-26-2007 04:11 AM

Nice work, Gary. I just love wooden boxes.

I’ve used these from Lee Valley.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 06-26-2007 04:30 AM

Exellent work. How about a picture from the side where the drawers are. I’d like to see the look of the curved drawers. Great design having the drawers swing out like that.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 06-26-2007 04:33 AM

Very, very nice. I’d love more details too…

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#7 posted 06-26-2007 04:36 AM

Hey Don,

Thanks for the heads up on the brass feet. I thought about something like them but I figured that it needs some type of wooden profile/moulding to balance the top otherwise it would look top heavy. Something that makes the base the widest part.

I do have another project that I could use them on though, Thanks.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 06-26-2007 05:00 AM

Very nice Gary, you must be a chess player to. Great wood.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 06-26-2007 05:06 AM

Here is a picture of the drawer side with the door closed and open.

All the pictures I have of it are at:
for those interested. There are bullet catches at both ends of the door to keep it either open or closed.
I made some small teflon washers to help cut down friction at the pivot points.
Any other questions please let me know.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 06-26-2007 08:01 AM

wow…this is just beautiful…really amazing!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 06-26-2007 09:10 AM

I just checked outthe other pix you directed us to. damn fine creative and detailed piece. let us know more re: technique, tools etc.

-- Dan

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#12 posted 06-26-2007 01:55 PM

Awesome…’nuff said

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#13 posted 06-26-2007 02:42 PM

That is really awesome. Nice work.

-- Hope Never fails

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#14 posted 06-26-2007 05:59 PM

Very Nice!

-- Randy - Live by the spirit...Galatians 5:16

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#15 posted 06-26-2007 07:55 PM

That’s really a fantastic piece, Gary! These smaller very detailed projects is where I’d like my woodworking journey to take me. As I develop the skill set, I’d like to do some inlay and some veneering work. I’m not sure if you saw Karson's chess table, but it’s a different way of going about it. This is, again, really a beautiful piece!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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