Walnut Chess Board w/Drawers

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Project by RickL posted 1478 days ago 3620 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I have more time to catch up on some projects since I retired 7/1, I finished the chess board I promised my daughter to give as a gift to her husband. The board is wenge’ and maple, the frame is walnut, and the corner pieces are ash. The chess pieces were purchased as part of the plan, I certainly hope she replaces those :) Finished with 2 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal gloss and a coat of wax. Though the plan totally sucked, I am happy with the way this turned out. Thanks for taking a look.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#1 posted 1478 days ago

Very nice job on the chess board, Rick! I like the clean lines and the contrasting woods for the frame as well as for the board.

Where did you get the plan and what was wrong with it. I’m curious as I want to develop some plans myself and would like to avoid problems if I can.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#2 posted 1478 days ago

Excellent job!

I know what you mean about plans… that’s why I rarely use them.

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

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#3 posted 1478 days ago

Very beautiful.Nice drawer

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 1478 days ago

Now that is a quality piece, Rick. Beautiful choice of woods. Just lovely. Thanks for posting.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 1478 days ago

Nice piece. I’ve got an old chess board I made years ago that just sits on top of with the pieces separate. You’ve just given me a new project! The board I have is birch and walnut but looks similar… neat.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 1478 days ago

I love contrasting woods you did a great job Rick & I know it will be a treasured gift. Is the chequered board a floating panel in the frame? The trouble with Lumberjocks is that I would like to make so many pieces I see posted here It’s a great community isn’t it?
God bless

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 1478 days ago

Thanks Trevor, yes the panel “floats” in that I attached it from the bottom by slotting the two support rails and using short screws. I did add a touch of glue. I think I will be ok. I think all projects here are outstanding, and like you, I wish I could build everything, the projects do spark some ideas.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#8 posted 1477 days ago

Great board ! I have 2 that are on the 2nd coat of finish as we speak. One is for a customer and the other I will sell. I made the board from plans in my head which was interesting. I made them out of Purple Heart / Rock Maple the board sits proud in a frame. I like the drawer you did. I might have to do that one on my next one. Thx for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 1477 days ago

Very nice work Rick.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 1477 days ago

Beautiful board Rick I’m sure everyone will be happy!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#11 posted 1477 days ago

Thats a great job on the chess board Rick. No doubt you are enjoying the new schedule. I’m happy for you.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 1476 days ago

Thanks again everyone. Fred, now I can get to finishing the Windsor chair. Good to hear from you rick, hope you are holding up ok in the heat.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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