LumberJocks

Chessboard with Storage

  • Advertise with us
Project by Triman posted 1586 days ago 1378 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My nephew has been wanting a chessboard for years, so for a (very late) Christmas present, I put this together for him.

It’s made of birdseye maple and ziricote. The squares are the official 2.25” tournament size, which means the overall size is 19” x 19” x 4”. It weighs a ton!

The sides have an inlay of ziricote, and since I wanted the drawer front to continue this pattern without any handles, I routed out a 5/8” deep groove, with a strip of ziricote inset, but flush with the outside of the box. Just enough to grab a hold of it. I also recessed a couple of magnets on both sides, on the inside of the drawer front, then covered with wenge dowel slices to hide them. This gives the drawer a slight “snug”.

The drawer with the most challenging. I wanted the impression of a single chunk of wood, so I glued up 2 pieces of 1 1/2” thick curly maple. I then used a 2” round nose router bit on my router table. This was a bit scary. That’s one big chunk of metal spinning! I had to take about 10 passes for each “trough”. So, after around 80 passes, I had the drawer base. I then made the 3 passes on the tablesaw, then glued in the 3 strips of ziricote to act as dividers. The drawer front was made with the same router bit, then glued up.

The 4 feet are also ziricote.

I added 3 drawer glide strips (fexible delrin(?)), which made the drawer slide much easier. I finished with 6 coats of Tung Oil Finish.

Overall, I’m happy with the finished product. However, if I make another, I’ll stick to a traditional drawer with traditional dividers. The routing was way too difficult, and too scary!

-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca www.spotofwood.com





12 comments so far

View DaddyZ's profile

DaddyZ

2377 posts in 1643 days


#1 posted 1586 days ago

Nice Set !! Where are the pieces ?

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

View Diggerjacks's profile

Diggerjacks

1738 posts in 1741 days


#2 posted 1586 days ago

Nice set

Well done

I like it a lot
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

View CharlieM1958's profile

CharlieM1958

15667 posts in 2821 days


#3 posted 1586 days ago

Great design and build!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View deon's profile

deon

2157 posts in 1628 days


#4 posted 1586 days ago

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

View Dennisgrosen's profile

Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1717 days


#5 posted 1586 days ago

maybee scary to make but that drawer looks awesome speciel with that wood
very well done

Dennis

View JimArnoldChess's profile

JimArnoldChess

196 posts in 1597 days


#6 posted 1586 days ago

Excellent board! I like the edge design and really like the way you did the drawer.

Very cool!

Jim

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/JimArnoldsChessSets

View donjoe's profile

donjoe

1360 posts in 1633 days


#7 posted 1586 days ago

Very nice indeed.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

View wdwrkr's profile

wdwrkr

23 posts in 1603 days


#8 posted 1586 days ago

Gorgeous! I love the way you mitered the drawer front to avoid the parting lines a traditional drawer would have. I too try to minimize the appearance of drawers in my work. I like the subtlety of it. The router bit method for making the troughs would be scary indeed, but boy what an effect. I guess that’s a sublety most non-woodworkers never get to appreciate – the risk of lost digits to produce fine woodworks. Congratulations on a fine piece.

View webwood's profile

webwood

618 posts in 1852 days


#9 posted 1585 days ago

sweet board – great design

-- -erik & christy-

View Ken90712's profile

Ken90712

14821 posts in 1791 days


#10 posted 1413 days ago

What a great board! Like what you did for the boarder as well. I hade made a cpl boards just recently and hadn’t thought og doing the edge that way. Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View Savage Woods's profile

Savage Woods

16 posts in 837 days


#11 posted 837 days ago

Did you also make pieces to go with this spectacular board…?

-- Rare & Elusive Ziricote @ http://www.SavageWoods.com

View jetwhoop's profile

jetwhoop

56 posts in 720 days


#12 posted 719 days ago

I’ve always like chess board look. This looks great and with great storage. Makes me want to try one, nice.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase