Chess board for Christmas !

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Project by Joao Araujo posted 01-02-2012 05:43 PM 1627 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This is the chess board I built for the brother in-law for Christmas.

It is based of the chess board that Stevin Marin built. Instead of 2” squares, I built it using 1-5/8” squares.

It is made of walnut, maple and it has a purpleheart trim. I applied suede-tex at the bottom of the drawers.

I didn’t make the chess pieces, but I did make the checkers pieces. The white pieces are walnut sandwiched between maple and the dark ones, oak sandwiched between walnut.

I sealed everything with 2 coats of 50/50 mineral spirits/Minwax polyurethane and it was finished with 3 coats of General’s Performance Satin finish. The top was polish up to 4000 grit and waxed.

Take care,

Joao Araujo

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 06:24 PM

Simply beautiful !
Nice knob turning and I like your checker “cookies” as well : )

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 06:39 PM

Great Job! Been thinking of making a cutting board with even sized squares! :)

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 06:46 PM

Nice looking set! Should be one that is enjoyed for generations …

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 02:11 AM

magnificent chess and checker board and real work of art.

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 01:20 AM


Thank you all for the comments.

I actually learned a lot while making this chess board.

Take care,

Joao Araujo

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#6 posted 08-25-2015 12:18 PM

I am looking to build a checkers board for my oldest son and I love how these checker pieces look, can you tell me how you made these pieces?

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#7 posted 08-25-2015 01:30 PM


I glued a walnut board between maple or an oak board between walnut and cut them using a 1 1/8” hole saw without the bit in the middle.

I then carefully rounded the edges with a round over bit on the router. I sanded them and varnished them.

Take care,

Joao Araujo

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