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Project by DaveJ posted 08-31-2007 12:49 AM 3104 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut and maple chessboard, built in 1998. I made this with and for my son, who was 12 at the time.

This is the only piece that I’ve built from a plan (Woodsmith #83).

One of my pet peeves is the disappoint people show when they marvel at the carving on the chess pieces and I have to explain that I purchased those and didn’t carve them. So…don’t ask about the pieces!

-- Dave J. Eagle, ID

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#1 posted 08-31-2007 12:59 AM


Did you make the chess pieces?

Just kidding!!!

Really nice board! That’s cool that all the pieces are stored under the board. This must have been quite a project.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 08-31-2007 01:33 AM

I like it, I’ll have to look up the plan and make one for my Son.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#3 posted 08-31-2007 02:56 AM

Nice looking chessboard Dave!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#4 posted 08-31-2007 03:37 AM

Really nice! I love the divided storage compartments for the pieces.


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#5 posted 08-31-2007 12:53 PM

magnificent board and storage. Well done.

so, since it is a pet peeve, have you started carving?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 09-01-2007 06:43 AM


-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 09-01-2007 04:07 PM

MsDebbieP asked “so, since it is a pet peeve, have you started carving?”

Nope. Here’s the way I figure it. I can work with straight lines, angles, and curves, both drawing them and working them in wood. I can’t draw people, animals, or even fruit above the Pictionary level, so I won’t be carving them either. I do other things (more or less) well, and there are marvelous carvers out there (including some LJocks). The world remains in balance. Life is good.

-- Dave J. Eagle, ID

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#8 posted 09-01-2007 05:46 PM

Really nice chessboard. I’d love to make one. It’s on the list.

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

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#9 posted 11-15-2007 07:15 PM

Very nice project Dave!

I’ve got the same plan, & plan on making one for my Grandson who is turning 13 quite soon.

It’s funny I can’t draw very well, or I even have a hard time writing my own name, but I can carve.

Maybe you could do the same, just try it sometime. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 11-15-2007 07:56 PM

Great looking Chess Board.

The storage also looks great.

-- 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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#11 posted 09-01-2008 08:33 PM

Great job! I like that.

-- Chantal L., Montreal

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#12 posted 02-20-2009 03:16 AM

Dave, have you had any trouble with the wood movement pushing the miters apart? I made one from the woodsmith plans also, the xmas issue with the pull out drawer and the raised playing field. I made it maybe 5 years ago, and its never shown movement at the miters, i was wondering if yours had at all either. i think its a good design, before i make another one i thought ild ask around in case mine was a fluke.

-- "Democracy is by far the worst system of government. Except all the others that have been tried." ~ Winston Churchill

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#13 posted 02-21-2009 04:01 AM


No problem with the miters at all. The top has cupped somewhat, but not too bad.

Go for it!


-- Dave J. Eagle, ID

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