Chess Board

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Project by Bill posted 2490 days ago 2534 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chess board is made of Maple and Purple Heart. It is similar to the cutting board I made a few weeks ago.

I have not put a finish on the board yet. I plan on using a water-based urethane. This will give me a chance to try it out and see how it holds up. Plus, the water based finish should not cause the maple to yellow.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#1 posted 2490 days ago

Great chess board. Are you going to make some chess pieces to go with it?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 2490 days ago

Maybe someday, but that would take too much time right now. I may use this as a gift. I bought some chess pieces from Lee Valley that I can add to make it a set.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 2490 days ago

Super job, Bill. Can’t wait to see it with the finish applied!

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

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#4 posted 2490 days ago

Great job Bill.

-- 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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#5 posted 2490 days ago

Very nice – I have always wanted one, but bever got around to it – nobody to play with. I like the simple but effictive finger spaces on the bottom side, to help in picking it up.

The finish should enhance it even more – are you going to use something with ssome UV protection, in order to retard the aging process.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#6 posted 2489 days ago

Very nice! I love purple heart! That is going to be really beautiful once you slap a finish on it!


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#7 posted 2489 days ago

Very nice board- I like the purple heart!

-- Spread love with our work

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#8 posted 2489 days ago

Nicely done Bill.
FYI: I have used Flecto Diamond Finish, in the past and it stays clear forever and is hard as nails.Its water base so cleanup is easy and no smell.Its available in spray cans or for brushing.If you brush it on,keep these tips in mind:You need to work quickly since it dries fast or you will get brush/lap marks that are impossible to work out.But dont wipe your brush against the side of the can or you will get bubbles.A total resand is the only option if that happens.Not for the faint of heart,but this is the toughest finish I have ever used.Perfect for this.A disposable brush works well,just wrap it in plastic wrap and stick it in the refer between coats.Its good for about three coats on small projects and then the foam starts pulling off and getting into the finish.I toss them every few coats and keep a close eye on where they flex. A good quality brush, like a Purdy is better, but you need to be much more careful about thoroughly cleaning it than with an oil finish.If any of the water base finish hardens in the bristles then the brush is ruined.You cannot resoften old waterbase finishes like you can an oil finish.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 2488 days ago

Nice chess board Bill.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#10 posted 2488 days ago

Really nice, bill!

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

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#11 posted 2479 days ago

Last year i purchased a sheet of purple heart veneer specifically to make into a chessboard. YOU have saved me a lotta work. I will blow up and print a pict of your board, hang on my wall and project complete. spectacular work.


-- Dan

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#12 posted 1649 days ago

beautifull.that purple heart simply jumps out at you.

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#13 posted 1528 days ago

Very nice board, just got asked to make one out of the same materials. Think I might do a maple frame with purple heart laminated in it though.

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

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#14 posted 1528 days ago

That will probably look good too. One idea someone told me after I made it was to make a box, with the chess board as the lid. The pieces could be stored inside when not in use. Good luck with the board.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 1528 days ago

Looks great Bill fine chess board.

-- Custom furniture

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