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Project by hhhopks posted 887 days ago 1427 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After joining LJ for more than several months I am somewhat embarrass that I have not posted any projects. I finally got around to it tonight. Well here it is. Another chess board with 2” tiles and a walnut frame/base. The tiles are grouted on a 3/8” birch plywood. I tried to keep it simple. Basically, it is all bunch of lap joints glue on to the plywood. The plywood is about 20” square. I sanded and finished the wood portion before during the tile. I used blue tape to mask off the wood when I did the tiles. I glued the tiles on, grouted and sealed. I kept the one with the low contrast square tiles. I think it blends in the room and don’t shout for attention.

I have made two other ones for a high school chess club raffle during a tournament. I did generate a lot of interest and ticket sales. I did generate a fair amount of money for the club both times.

I didn’t make the pieces though I wish I could. It is a purchased set from ebay (I got lucky. I paid around $65.00 with shipping for this set). I wish I can carve the Knight. I think the horse can make or break the overall impression of the chess set. I can handle the turnings but the carving of the knight scares me. I did see a very nice horse caring on LJ a day or two ago. It was part of a bookend. Being a chess player, I am very particular about the pieces. I like the classic Staunton style, about 4” kings, 4X weighted pieces, and felted bottom and the pieces to be made with quality wood. I like that “thump” sound as the piece is set down.

I am a fair chess player. Unfortunately I am not improving but my employer has recently hired a new employee who happens to have a 2000+ rating. I have already taken lessons. I have taken beatings over lunch breaks already. I don’t mind losing to a good players. If I lose enough, the odds are, I just might get lucky and win some day against a Master.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 887 days ago

Good job.

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Martyroc

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#2 posted 887 days ago

I am not a chess player myself, but I wouldn’t mind having that in my house, you did a great job, I think it looks really good.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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cabmaker

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#3 posted 887 days ago

Nice board. Love the french tournament style pcs too. (even though you didnt make them) Im guessing your buddy has been at the game too long to fall for the fools mate ?!

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T. D. Reid

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#4 posted 887 days ago

Nice job sir! You shouldn’t be afraid to carve, purchase a book and teach yourself how to do it. There are some great carving tools on the market today for good prices. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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hunter71

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#5 posted 887 days ago

Very nice. I play with the computer is all, but would like tyo build a nice set someday also.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 887 days ago

Very nice chess board. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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eddie

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#7 posted 886 days ago

cool board nice finish too.used to be a club master long time ago back before computers won my sare of tournament the tile i like no glare one time i played in one and the boards were so shinny got a head ache .i got to make one one day like Todd said i want to carve some men out when i find time to learn to.got a set from Thailand for a few hundred $’s year ago the wood worker who made it was a master carver.if you get time look at this post i saved http://lumberjocks.com/projects/8919 its the most beautiful chess table i,ve ever seen he is a master of this craft for sure

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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