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Project by Doug McPherson posted 1222 days ago 2933 views 22 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I visit LJ routinely, this is my first project upload. I’ve always wanted to make a nice chess board piece, and also wanted to try my hand at something in the Greene and Greene style. Well, now I’ve done both.

I found a nice Sketchup drawing online that I used as my primary starting place, although I did make it my own with some design modifications.

As you could likely guess, it’s made from cherry, walnut and maple. The highly figured cherry was saved from a block of firewood from my father in-law. I can’t wait to show him his contribution to the project and then play chess with him on it.

Three-part oil varnish finish made of: boiled linseed oil, mineral spirits and minwax gloss poly. Top coat was satin wipe-on, then finished with a beeswax/mineral oil mix rub-down (it’s what I use on cutting boards and had on-hand).

Looking forward to hearing your comments and suggestions.

-- DullChiselDoug, http://www.mcphersonvisionsinwood.com





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Eric_S

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#1 posted 1222 days ago

beautiful chess board!

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#2 posted 1222 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! That cherry rocks!

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Randy Sharp

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#3 posted 1222 days ago

Doug, I wish I had the talent of you and Charlie in creating these masterpieces. Beautiful work.

Will you provide the link to the Sketch-up drawing you based your project on? Who knows, I may get inspired to give it a go! Thanks for posting!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Doug McPherson

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f15nate

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#5 posted 1222 days ago

Very nice work. I love the mixes of wood. How did you come up with the finish. Let me know. I really like it.

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Doug McPherson

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#6 posted 1222 days ago

Thanks all. It’s nice getting compliments from those who know what’s involved in making things like this. f15nate- the three part varnish finish, I think is a fairly common recipe. I first learned about varnish combo’s in some of Marc’s videos on thewoodwhisperer.com

-- DullChiselDoug, http://www.mcphersonvisionsinwood.com

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therookie

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#7 posted 1222 days ago

splendid chess board I love it…

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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MinnesotaMike

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#8 posted 1222 days ago

Creative interpretation of the “craftsman” style – very nicely done.

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fernandoindia

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#9 posted 1222 days ago

Beautiful board. Cherry enhances the nice looking style as well

-- Back home. Fernando

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BTKS

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#10 posted 1222 days ago

Beautiful piece. Thanks for the kick in the back side to get me going on a board for my daughter and I to play checkers on and move into chess. This is one of the best I’ve seen. Great work. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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steliart

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#11 posted 1222 days ago

probably the best chess board i came accross so far

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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exelectrician

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#12 posted 997 days ago

... you set an amazingly high bar. This is what I aspire to, and now with this example to look at, I have my inspiration.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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grizzman

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#13 posted 314 days ago

doug, this is a beautiful board, i love the use of the cherry, i to have some wild cherry that has some beautiful figure and i may use it if i make one like this…great job..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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