Grandson's chess/checker board

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Project by rustfever posted 06-20-2011 04:31 AM 1383 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 2 Grandsons just spent a week in the shop with me. Jonathan, 17 yo, wanted to make a chess board for his father’s Fathers Day gift. These are the results.

The board is constructed of Claro Walnut and Eastern Hard Raok Maple. All joints are glued using biscuits.
The Calro Walnut was highly figured and selected for figure. The surround was made as a picutre frame with an accent piece about .175” wide. Over all the board is about 19” x 19” X .75”

Finish was the HUT system.

Jonathan worked long hours making sure all of the elements were very precise.
This was Jonathan’s first experience in woodworking. I would say his results were spectactular and should be rated at 9.999

Grandad [aka Ira]

PS… I just recieve a phone call from Dad who was taken away with the beauty and fit of the board.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 04:37 AM

Very nice Ira. Sounds like a great day in the shop.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 06:35 AM

Fantastic job. All ways great to pass on the wood bug to another generation.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 01:35 PM

VERY COOL, nothing better than a youngster working hard to please his Father!

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 03:13 PM

Ira: some nice wood and a fantistic project that Jonathan created. Nice with the different accent frame woods.

Tell Johathan that he should sign up to LumberJocks.

-- 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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#5 posted 06-20-2011 06:04 PM

Ira great chessboard project.

Spending shoptime with your gsons: Priceless

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 08:15 PM

hi ira great job it looks like a drafts board it is always nice to spend time in the workshop with the younger generation and teach them how old grandad dose it


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#7 posted 06-21-2011 06:09 AM

Great job. I can see many a many games played on this board. The memories your grandsons will have of the time in the shop with you is priceless.

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#8 posted 06-21-2011 02:19 PM

This turned out very nicely. It looks great.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 06-22-2011 05:16 AM

The act of making a chess board is significant. First, Jonathan has learned another lesson. But, most important, he has learned “Yes!, I can!”
Yes, I can do something. Yes I can do something outside of the experiences of school and close family.
Yes, I have skills. Yes, I have ability to create.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 07-20-2011 02:33 PM

Doing a very similar one currently. I went the veneered strip on MDF substrate route though. The use of biscuits should help keep this one from distorting I would think. That was my worry in using solid wood top to bottom. The tough frame will help a lot as well. Yours uses more wood, but I hate working with veneer so I’d likely go with your method on a redo.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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