Chess set for school charity

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Project by Matt (Upper Cut) posted 01-04-2008 12:50 AM 6379 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the first projects I ever built, for my daughter’s school auction. Walnut and Maple Chess Set, with a small drawer underneath. I had the drawer lined with padded purple velvet. It’s a good place to store the pieces that the kids made out of high quality modelling clay.

Can’t remember where I got the technique for making the top, but I stole that idea, refined it, and then added the small drawer underneath.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 01:06 AM

Very nice wood selections. I love the idea of making your own chess set. That we really make it their own. Nice project, Great Workmenship. I should note that the rope edge is a nice touch.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 01:07 AM

Excellent! great use of grain and love the way you put the rope around the top of the felt in the drawer. Very Classy!!

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 01:08 AM

This is very nice, someone received a great chess board. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 03:41 AM

Great design, I like it. How’s the chess playing going. Are you ready to take on the experts?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 03:42 AM

Great chess board!

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

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Matt (Upper Cut)

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#6 posted 01-04-2008 04:27 AM

I don’t play chess yet, and someone bought the chess set at auction, so it’s gone. I’ll have to make a new one and learn the game.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#7 posted 01-04-2008 09:08 AM

How much did it go for? Seen some like that for sale for 2 to 3 hundred bucks that weren’t nearly as nice. It’s good to practice and learn on things you are going to give away or sell and then make your own nicer and improved based on the experience.

I plan to make a poker table for a friend and after that I’ll make my own.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 09:33 AM

Great job! I really like the twisted rope around the drawer.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Matt (Upper Cut)

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#9 posted 01-04-2008 06:03 PM


This sold at a school auction for my daughter’s elementary school. Her school was private and had some pretty affluent families attending, it sold for $3500!!!

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#10 posted 01-04-2008 06:25 PM

nice!!!! worth every penny (just out of my price range)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 01-15-2008 06:10 AM

I have seen several of the chess board but never one with a storage drawer under it. Very nice.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 01-15-2008 11:51 AM

That”s a chessboard. I like the beveled sides.

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