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Project by BarbS posted 12-13-2009 03:32 AM 1880 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A chess box 14-1/2” square, from a plan in Woodworker’s Journal. Each square is doweled to the next in an independent grid set on a frame mortised into the mahogany outer frame, and two drawers for the purchased chess pieces ride on side runners. It was for this project I had to buy a drill press, as all those four-square dowel connections had to be quite precise. It’s about six years old now, and has seen lots of chess tournaments and competition among my son’s friends, nephews and nieces.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/





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whitedog

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 03:45 AM

very impressive i love it

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 04:00 AM

Just gorgeous Barb, and a lot of work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 04:05 AM

A very wonderful chess box, a great project that stood the test of time. Well done Barb.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 05:04 AM

you got it right, white square in the right hand corner. wouldn’t mind seeing in the drawers and seeing the pieces.

I was an avid chess player for many years. played in many tournaments. I have a soft spot for chess sets and boards. I’ve made 20 or thirty different ones over the years. never made the pieces though.

love the wood selection of yours.
russv

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BarbS

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 05:19 AM

Thank you, everyone. Russ, I had to go digging, but found a photo of the drawers open. I also see they were assembled on side runners (too many years ago; I’d forgotten) instead of the bottom runner I previously mentioned.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 05:30 AM

Very, very nice!

I can’t imagine all those dowel joints!

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

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BarbS

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#7 posted 12-13-2009 05:34 AM

Charlie- you can’t imagine all those dowel joints and the thing assembling flat! :-)

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 12-13-2009 05:47 AM

That’s it, I quit. Ii think I’m gonna stick to painting. I paint on wood, can I post that on here?

-- Janice

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BarbS

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#9 posted 12-13-2009 06:04 AM

Oh Janice..silly girl.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 12-13-2009 01:03 PM

really like this barb

-- -erik & christy-

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#11 posted 12-13-2009 05:20 PM

Six years of use and it looks great. Testament to your ability. Looks, as you say, very useful, not just a show piece. Great job on that.

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

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BarbS

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#12 posted 12-13-2009 05:25 PM

Jack- the photos are from when it was built, but it still looks pretty much the same. My only regret is using poplar for the light squares..they have darkened somewhat over the years and the contrast is not as great. I used what I had..should have purchased maple for it.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 12-13-2009 05:27 PM

Barb;

You are very talented.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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mtnwild

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#14 posted 12-13-2009 10:06 PM

Oh well, the main thing is that it was used for so many years with enjoyment. I bet he had a time explaining his mother made that.

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

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BarbS

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#15 posted 12-13-2009 11:06 PM

:-)...oh, I’m pretty well known among his friends. As in, “You say there’s dust in my house? I don’t have time to dust. I’m going out to the garage. If you have allergies, don’t go in there!”

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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