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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. Oakdale, MN

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#1 posted 2517 days ago


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 2517 days ago

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 2517 days ago

Nice looking chessboard Dave!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#4 posted 2517 days ago

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


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#5 posted 2517 days ago

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 2516 days ago


-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 2516 days ago

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. Oakdale, MN

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#8 posted 2515 days ago

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 2440 days ago

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 2440 days ago

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 †

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#11 posted 2149 days ago

Great job! I like that.

-- Chantal L., Montreal

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#12 posted 1978 days ago

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 1977 days ago


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

Go for it!


-- Dave J. Oakdale, MN

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