Chess anyone?

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Project by degoose posted 12-23-2010 12:25 AM 2163 views 6 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, yet another order for Christmas.. this chess set with two drawers for storage was picked up yesterday..
The set is standard 45 mm squares… made from Camphor Laurel for the light squares and New South Wales Rosewood for the dark..
The border was made so that the dark side was surrounded by a dark part and the light by light… just a little bit of fancy…
Base sides and drawer fronts were from Camphor with again a light and dark drawer..
Drawer sides were New Guinea Rosewood and the back is Silky Oak.. I used Isoloc joints for the drawers instead of dovetails …as seen in the last pic…. just another touch….
Dividers were made for the drawers using half lap joinery…. and the bottom of the drawer is red felt wrapped around a thin board of MDF..
The base is covered with felt as well to avoid scratching the table…
I hope you enjoyed seeing this project…I certainly had fun making it..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 12-23-2010 12:34 AM

Sharp looking. I would like to stop by and play a game, only if you could spot me the boat fare. Christmas has made me a bit light in the pockets.

-- So Many tools, So little time

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#2 posted 12-23-2010 12:37 AM

Ahhh, very nice indeed. I’ve always wanted to make a chessboard similar to that. Someday I will :)


-- Williamsburg, KY

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#3 posted 12-23-2010 12:59 AM

Very nice chess board Larry.

With a board like that I will definitely loose the game because I will be looking at the nice grain flow.

Great job

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 12-23-2010 01:07 AM

Larry Great job on the chess board. I like the border idea. Nioce job on that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 12-23-2010 01:12 AM

I really like your incorporation and layout of the transitional sapwood. It’s one of those details that adds a lot here, in my opinion. Well thought out!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 12-23-2010 01:24 AM

Very nice board. Great wood choice. I like everything about it!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#8 posted 12-23-2010 01:37 AM

I used to play chess, but being OCD, it was always a slow game. Haven’t played in years. But betcha you could play checkers on that board too…...............(-:

.........only problem, just like any object of beauty (did I say that right?), a little distracting….............(-:

..........can it cook?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 12-23-2010 01:53 AM

Classy chess board and storage. Great colors also.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#10 posted 12-23-2010 01:54 AM

Very nice chessboard. I really like how the wood around the squares transitions from light to dark. Very fitting. Great construction too.

-- Matt -

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#11 posted 12-23-2010 02:01 AM

So many nice details in this one. Im sure the recipient will have a merry christmas.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#12 posted 12-23-2010 02:13 AM

Looking good. Lots of room for wood expression and design there. Nice project…....................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 12-23-2010 02:38 AM

Marvelous Larry. Wish I was that far along, but Ill be done by next Christmas.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 12-23-2010 02:50 AM

Great design!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 12-23-2010 03:10 AM

That is a really nice looking setup. Makes me want to play chess again.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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