Big chess set

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Project by jeffro posted 991 days ago 3767 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project, built for the westport Winery these guys are great i’ve been working with them for a few years on different projects. The chess set was carved from cedar half were stained so you could tell em apart. I just finished the two benches at each end too, both were made from cedar slabs and roots one was 10 foot and one was 8 foot. I also built the giant guitar in the back ground, to commemorate one of the wines they make, Pinot Noirvana. The guitar was 13 foot made from cedar root and rusty cable and bolts I found on the river.

-- Jeffro,knockonwood

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#1 posted 991 days ago


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#2 posted 991 days ago

Now all you need are Fred and Barney to start up a game. There’s even a place for Wilma and Betty to sip a goblet of wine and sit and watch.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#3 posted 991 days ago

Cool! Love the guitar! You’ll need some energy to play a game of chess with those!!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#4 posted 991 days ago

Very cool! Excellent job! The Queen always starts out on her color. It looks like the King is starting out on her square. I am kind of a chessnut! lol

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 991 days ago

I’ve GOT to visit that winery one day. Great stuff, Jeffro. What’s the board made of? Do they actually let people play the game? (Dennis is right, by the way – looks like the king and queen need to be swapped.)

-- Founding member of the (un)Official LumberJock's Frugal Woodworking Society -

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#6 posted 991 days ago

I would need a camera about 20 feet up directly above the board and attached to a monitor so I could figure out what’s going on. What a comprimise between brains and brawn!

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#7 posted 991 days ago

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 991 days ago

@Dennis – I saw it too… Queen on the left of the King… I bet it’s a workout for your mind and body playing a game of speed chess… I can only image the size of the clock that would go with this set! Sledgehammers to hit the buttons…

Very cool post.

-- Steven

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#9 posted 990 days ago

seriously, awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 990 days ago

Very cool project.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 990 days ago

Now we need a couple of young energetic, patient, kids to move the pieces. LOL or some magic from a wizard?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 990 days ago

I think your guitar chair is one of your best chairs so far . It looks soooo comfortable . I would sit on it and drink wine until the wind blew me off…....or they asked me to leave ,.... which ever came first.
Excuse me , I have to go open another bottle of moscato . Very imaginative !

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#13 posted 990 days ago

I noticed one of the knights needs glasses

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#14 posted 990 days ago

very cool!!!

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#15 posted 990 days ago

This is a great chess set and set of benches, now all you need is Paul Bunyan to challenge Bigfoot to a game
of chess and loser has to serenade the audience.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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