|Project by HTS||posted 02-15-2010 04:55 AM||3697 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
This is a chess board base that I have just finished for my son’s 30th birthday. It is a variation of a plan from WOOD Magazine. The top is an Onyx stone board that my father had given my son ~20 years ago. Found it when sorting through some old boxes and had recently seen the WOOD issue with the chess board plan. Thought it would be cool to “capture” the old gift from his grandfather in a hand-made gift from dear old Dad. Added the additional twist of using a set of ceramic chess pieces that I had made when I was a kid.
Box is maple (silver?) that I had salvaged when a friend decided he wanted to cut the (large) tree out of his yard. I believe it is a fairly soft strain of maple. Had to reduce the dimensions quite a bit to fit the board, but proportions still worked ok. It did not take the stain very evenly, so I assume I should have used some type of sealer first. Used a wipe-on satin poly for finish.
-- HT, Denver, Colorado