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Project by BarbS posted 1692 days ago 1833 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 1692 days ago

very impressive i love it

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#2 posted 1692 days ago

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 1692 days ago

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 1692 days ago

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 1692 days ago

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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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 1692 days ago

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 1692 days ago

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

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

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#8 posted 1692 days ago

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 1692 days ago

Oh Janice..silly girl.

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

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#10 posted 1692 days ago

really like this barb

-- -erik & christy-

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#11 posted 1691 days ago

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 1691 days ago

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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 1691 days ago

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 1691 days ago

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 1691 days ago

:-)...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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