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Project by acducey posted 01-09-2012 02:16 AM 1611 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 05:20 AM

Very nicely done!

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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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

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 05:30 AM

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.

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#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

-- Les B, Oregon

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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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