Celtic Knot Chess Board

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Project by jstubler posted 08-29-2010 06:14 PM 6941 views 16 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year my father got me an Isle of Lewis chess set for Christmas. It needed a board but I couldn’t find any that really went with the set so I decided to make one. This was my first carving project. I did it the hard way by cutting 64 individual squares out of red oak, carving the pattern, and then gluing them all together on a sheet of ply, the border is attached using biscuits. I liked the end effect, by doing the 64 squares individually everything isn’t 100% square so makes the board look old and used. The carving was done using a Dremel and small craft store carving tool. It took a long time but I’m very pleased with the end product.

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 06:19 PM

Man you have done well you must have the patience of a SAINT.I love it of course these are Scottish Kells.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 06:24 PM

Very good work process presenation

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 06:35 PM

WOW :0 Great job all that hard work left me speechless :)
Thanks for posting :)

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#5 posted 08-29-2010 06:41 PM

Very nice indeed, this is a case where not having everything perfectly square adds to the appeal.
I love it!

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#6 posted 08-29-2010 06:44 PM

Nice presentation! Dremel’s are the best, but oak is gutsy to use with anything!!! Good job, very nice end result.


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#7 posted 08-29-2010 06:51 PM

What a wonderful project. Very impressive.


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#8 posted 08-29-2010 07:06 PM

One of the best chessboards I’ve ever seen. Well done! :)

-- Gunther, Marietta GA -- So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be. -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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#9 posted 08-29-2010 07:44 PM

Alistair couldn’t have said it any better. Patience, patience, patience… Fantastic work!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 08-29-2010 07:46 PM

Creative design, amazing work

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#11 posted 08-29-2010 07:56 PM

great looking board that fits with the theme of your Lewismen…excellent!



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#12 posted 08-29-2010 08:54 PM

Looks like all the effort and time you put into this project paid off. That looks fantastic! Great work!

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#13 posted 08-29-2010 09:00 PM

Very nice board, perfect compliment for your chess pieces! I think if I were to make that I would have chosen either walnut or maple, less tea routs than oak but on the other hand using oak makes it look antique.

Erwin, Jacksonville,FL

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#14 posted 08-30-2010 12:33 AM

Superb. Absolutely great work. Congratulations.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#15 posted 08-30-2010 03:36 AM

PLEASE don’t let my wife see this. She loves celtic stuff and I don’t want to build ANOTHER board…

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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