Vertical Chess

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Project by Deltawood posted 01-04-2012 12:05 AM 5399 views 17 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is basically a vertical chess board meant to be hung in an areas that will inspire anyone to play as they meander by. Great for office areas, waiting rooms, etc… I was inspired to build one after seeing them on display at a local festival by a company call Straight Up Chess( After seeing them I had to have one. The chess pieces are actually from this company since I did not have the time, talent or patience to make them myself. They did a great job and I encourage everyone to visit his web site.

The frame is figure maple (Jacobean stain) and the board itself in maple and padauk. There are two pieces not shown in the pictures, Last move and Check. They fit over the shelves.

-- - If it ain't broke, don't lend it!

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#1 posted 01-04-2012 12:25 AM

Very nice and superbly executed. I’ve never seen a vertical chess board before. One interesting twist on such a project would be to put rare earth magnets behind each square and recessed into the bottom of each chess piece, so that the pieces stand flat on the board, without the need of shelves. But beautifully done!!

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#2 posted 01-04-2012 12:25 AM

Now that’s a cool idea! The proportions might throw me off for a while, though. You did a great job with the board and frame.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 01:42 AM

Very cool idea and great execution.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 02:13 AM

Cool idea ,good job

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#5 posted 01-04-2012 04:15 AM

What a great idea. I have never seen anything like it. Looks great.

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#6 posted 01-04-2012 04:32 AM

This is one of the coolest projects I’ve seen on here. Great job, it looks amazing.

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#7 posted 01-04-2012 06:01 AM

This blows my mind! It would take some getting used to. Think of the counter or table space it clears and serves double duty as art! Excellent project.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 01-04-2012 03:48 PM

very interesting, really unique design, I as with most on here have never seen or heard of this sort of design..nice job… my wife saw this and now i will probably have to build one of these

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#9 posted 01-04-2012 04:40 PM

That’s definitely something I would like hanging on my wall. The figured maple frame looks great. What are the overall dimensions of it?

-- If your not having fun you're doing it wrong.

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#10 posted 01-04-2012 05:04 PM

Thanks for the kind feedback.

oi2342001—-The overall dimensions of the board are around 13”x24” (not including frame). Of course those dimensions are based on the size of your chess pieces. Each of my boards sections are 1 1/2” by 3’. I had to determine the overall size of the chess pieces first and built accordingly.

-- - If it ain't broke, don't lend it!

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#11 posted 01-08-2012 04:43 AM

love it!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#12 posted 01-11-2012 06:13 PM

What a cool idea.
Now I just have to learn to play chess….
Love it.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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