Burl Wood Chessboard

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Project by Zelbar posted 04-18-2011 05:27 PM 2847 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had some left over scraps from veneering so I made a Redwood Burl and Maple Burl Chessboard. The inlayed on the border was my first attempt at doing this. The border wood is Walnut.

-- With more power you can make toothpicks faster

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 05:54 PM

Nice looking board! I’ve started specializing in chess boards; I use maple & walnut for the squares, then walnut for the frame, just like you do. Since I’m too lazy/unskilled to do a nice inlay like yours, I use something like 1/4” purpleheart as an “inner frame” to separate walnut from walnut. My first board had 2” x 2” squares, but lately I’ve downsized to 1.75” x 1.75”. What type of finish do you use? How do you finish the bottom? Have you tried adding a drawer for the chess pieces?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 06:35 PM

Cool board!

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 06:37 PM

Cool board!

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 08:53 PM

For the bottom I used 1/4” Walnut plywood. The frame is rabbited to to receive the veneered center and hide the edges. I finished it first with Danish Oil as I like how it brings out the features of wood and then finished it in a wipe on poly to give it some toughness and stand up to use.

I have not done any with drawers yet but may in the future.

-- With more power you can make toothpicks faster

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#5 posted 04-19-2011 01:41 AM

That is beautiful…

-- ignorance is bliss... but ignorance nonetheless...

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 04:13 AM

What a great chess board! The colors really pop!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 06-13-2016 01:59 PM

This chess board is a beautiful piece. I love the design and craftsmanship of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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