After over 10 years the chessboard is finally Complete!

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Project by GaryK posted 1017 days ago 5909 views 24 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You might remember this as one of the first projects I posted.

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You might also remember that I never finished it. I needed some feet and to finish the inside of the swinging drawers for the pieces.

Well, you can see from the picture above that I finally finished it after around 10-15 years later. I think that this is my last incomplete project that I started a long time ago.

I kept going back to it over the years going over and over on how to arrange and “pocket” the pieces. I came up with a the viable solution you see above. I’m glad that it’s finally done. It’s really been bugging me for years.

For more details see the original post.

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

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#1 posted 1017 days ago

Looks very nice!

-- Brett

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#2 posted 1017 days ago

This is very impressive! You did an excellent job and all the different woods really complement each other. Definitely an heirloom piece! Are your game pieces constructed with metal?

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#3 posted 1017 days ago

One awesome chest board!!!

-- Joseph Stephens

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#4 posted 1017 days ago

Some things are worth the wait!

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

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#5 posted 1017 days ago

Your work is always top notch Gary .fantastic chess set.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1017 days ago

Absolutely love this board, especially the swing out storage for the pieces. Beautiful choice of wood and gorgeous finish. Well done!

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#7 posted 1017 days ago

Did you turn the pieces yourself? If so, where did you find the hardware for them. This is beautiful. I also have a long term project, it is to duplicate the fantastic backgammon board you made several years ago!

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#8 posted 1017 days ago

Wow. That is truly impressive. Nice feet too.

You never fail to impress. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 1017 days ago

Man that is Sweet. A very fine looking job you did on making that chess board. What do you call those “ball” type catches you used on your drawers? Where did you get them? And last, what are those chess pieces made of? They’re beautiful.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 1017 days ago

All of the above and congrats on your patience !
Now how long will it take to play a game and where will you find the time ,LOL
thanks for the great board.


-- Kiefer 松

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#11 posted 1017 days ago

Well done Gary, it is certainly an outstanding piece. You need to find someone of “Grandmaster” to play your first game with. You are quite the craftsman, I always enjoy your work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 1017 days ago

Great chess board. The swinging drawers are ingenius.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 1017 days ago

Oh Gary. That… is just…. Wonderful.


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#14 posted 1017 days ago

Beyond exceptional

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 1017 days ago

Thanks for all the kind words!

Now your questions.

devann – They are called “Ball Detents” and I got them at Rockler years ago. They still have them here.

CrazyCraftsman – Bob_O – devann – I turned the body of the pieces from alternating layers of Gabon Ebony and Holly. The base and tops were purchased from Rockler over 10 years ago and they don’t carry them anymore. I have looked for them over that past couple of years but have not found them anywhere.

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

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