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Project by Dooley posted 2314 days ago 1624 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this in woodshop class, over 20 years ago! I pulled it out and oiled it up to show you guys. Yeah it’s laying in my driveway.

What you see here is Purple heart and Satin wood squares with hard Maple strips. The original finish was oil, but well maybe 10 years ago, I sprayed it with Precatalyzed Nitrocellulose lacquer.

-- Dooley





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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 2314 days ago

Wow, that’s really beautiful! Back in the days when they had real shop classes!

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ThreeJs

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#2 posted 2314 days ago

I have been debating making a chess board (and pieces) for awhile. Maybe I will start one as my “next” project. BTW, I really like the maple dividers between the squares.

-- David, Charlotte NC (http://beechcreeknaturals.etsy.com)

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2314 days ago

Dooley,

That is a nice board. It is even more impressive that you made this in shop class two decades ago. There must be some really advanced programs out there. I have a piece from shop class but it is simply a 6” wooden car bandsawed out of construction grade pine with buttons for wheels and painted a motley blue. I will guarantee you that, even though my memory may be somewhat fuzzy now, I don’t think there was any hardwood in the entire shop. And you had exposure to the woods that you used in this project!!!!

Nice project.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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joey

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#4 posted 2314 days ago

I think the first woodworking project I build in shop class was a chess board out of walnut and maple. Young people are sure missing out these days.

Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 2314 days ago

Never saw one with the divider strips before. Nice touch. And the wood selection makes it very colorful.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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romansfivefive

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#6 posted 2314 days ago

I like it. I agree the maple makes the purple heart pop out. well done

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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Dooley

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#7 posted 2314 days ago

Hey Scott,

There is a place called Johnson’s Workbench in charlotte, Mi. where I’ve learned much from them about exotics, that is where the material for the board came from (we had to bring our own wood!, not kidding! small town, small school, my parents thought “hey it’s cheaper than football or hockey!).

oh cool, they are still around, and on the web!! www.theworkbench.com

-- Dooley

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clieb91

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#8 posted 2314 days ago

Dooley, Welcome Aboard.
That is a great looking chess board. I built a board in my shop middle school shop class as well. My dad still has it for his chess set, wish I could say it look anywhere near that nice.
Look forward to seeing other work.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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MikeyG

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#9 posted 2301 days ago

wow i’m impressed by this. i’m in the midst of making one right now and if you have any tips or mistakes that you remember making i’d sure appreciate them. thanks

-- "Measure twice, curse once"

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GaryK

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#10 posted 2300 days ago

That was my first project in school. Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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rikkor

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#11 posted 2300 days ago

That’s a mighty fine chessboard.

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Ken90712

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#12 posted 1497 days ago

Pretty awesome for 20 yrs ago! Very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 1497 days ago

wonderful board great looking woods

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DarrylJN

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#14 posted 1096 days ago

Great contrast! I really like it.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 1095 days ago

I really like the looks of that – especially the extra pieces that you put in between. The diffrent woods look great together.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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