Celtic Knot Chess Board

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Project by jstubler posted 1454 days ago 4890 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 1454 days ago

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 1454 days ago

Very good work process presenation

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 1454 days ago

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

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#5 posted 1454 days ago

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 1454 days ago

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 1454 days ago

What a wonderful project. Very impressive.


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#8 posted 1454 days ago

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 1454 days ago

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 1454 days ago

Creative design, amazing work


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#11 posted 1454 days ago

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



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#12 posted 1454 days ago

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 1454 days ago

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 1454 days ago

Superb. Absolutely great work. Congratulations.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#15 posted 1454 days ago

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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