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I have never had anything but a cheap cardboard chessboard until I made this (and another for my son) from walnut and maple salvaged from the lumber yard’s cut-off pile.
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#1 posted 01-09-2012 02:28 AM
Nice project, I like how the squares are proud of the box, cool idea
-- Don, Royersford, PA
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#2 posted 01-09-2012 02:40 AM
That’s one fine chessboard .very nice work.
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#3 posted 01-09-2012 05:20 AM
Very nicely done!
-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca
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#4 posted 01-09-2012 07:48 PM
Looks Good.I have been discussing building something similar with my 13 year old grand son who was just given an “antique” chess set. I hope to involve him in designing it using Sketchup and then building it when he visits next summer. I like your raised playing surface. How did you arrange the drawer….open space or partitions?
-- Les B, Oregon
#5 posted 01-10-2012 05:30 AM
Les,The drawers have partitions for the individual pieces, and I made just enough space at the end for a set of checkers as well. The plan was reprinted by Woodworkers Journal, Summer 2011 in a volume of Small Box Projects, pp. 32-40. The chessboards turned out to be a bit more work than I had originally anticipated, as some other Lumberjocks have noted.
#6 posted 01-10-2012 09:48 PM
Thanks, I take WWJ and will look for it. The top has to be similar to putting together a end grain cutting board and I have done several of those. A drum sander helps smooth and level everything.
I may even get my grandson into wood working with this project. His Dad was not interested at that age and still isn’t. Someone needs to inherit my tool collection. LOL
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#7 posted 01-23-2012 09:37 PM
That is perfect for what I want to build for my son and I. Never thought about the storage drawers, very nice work! Will keep that design in mind.
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