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Project by HTS posted 02-15-2010 04:55 AM 2813 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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donjoe

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 06:10 AM

Beautiful box. I lke this very much.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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bobkberg

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 06:13 AM

It’s a beautiful project – not only that, but the fact that you worked some family history into it will make it especially treasured! Kudos to you for your skill and your heart.

-- Bob www.singularengineering.com - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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Ecocandle

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 09:00 AM

Brilliant. I love a beautiful chess board.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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degoose

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 12:18 PM

Love the board and love the story behind it.. a little history in every project..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Jeremy

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 05:00 PM

Looks great! Are the pieces hand made as well or did those come with the board. Thanks for posting!

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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webwood

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 07:36 PM

very nice – he will keep it forever

-- -erik & christy-

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#7 posted 09-14-2010 10:33 PM

AWESOME…the best one i’ve seen so far, could you give me some pointers to make it. thanks

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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HTS

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#8 posted 09-15-2010 04:51 AM

OOOops! My plans actually are from Woodworker’s Journal and called “Classic Chessboard”. (might be available on-line) I just followed the plans and instructions and adjusted their measurments to fit the Onyx chess board. This one defintely had the “finest” detail of the projects I have done so far, with fluting, offsets etc. The directions were very clear and accurate. I guess the best pointer is to just take your time… you know, measure 40 times and hoepfully only cut once! Mahogany might be a great choice for wood. The maple I used was soft and easy to work, but since I didn’t use a “sealer” first, the color did not come out as consistent and “rich” looking as I would have liked it.

-- HT, Denver, Colorado

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skippyland

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 08:43 PM

Beautiful work, HT. It shows a lot of love and talent. Skip

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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sparky52tx

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#10 posted 07-07-2011 02:12 AM

Outstanding work!!

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