Stunning Hand-crafted Chess Board

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Project by Jewell Hardwoods - Tim Layzell posted 03-21-2012 07:08 PM 3040 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fun project made as a wedding present for my close friend. He saw one that I made for my dad and asked for one for himself.

Took more hours than I ever expected, he had no idea how much this was really worth! The base is carved out of a single piece of maple burl. The squares & tips of the feet are made out of Ebony & King Wood. Took over 30 hours to make.

I have added a couple more pictures in production.

-- JEWELL HARDWOODS Produces High Quality Hardwood Slabs & Lumber for Custom Live-Edge Furniture.

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 07:11 PM

Awesome piece. I love the base. Very unique and gorgeous execution.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 08:07 PM

Great looking chess board. Very original and beautiful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 08:15 PM

Wow, that’s (expletive deleted)-ing amazing.

-- Brian Timmons -

#4 posted 03-22-2012 01:39 AM

Very Nice board.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 02:50 AM

And now , on to the chess pieces !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 03:24 AM

what a beautiful gift. love the game, love the board.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#7 posted 03-22-2012 05:25 AM

Great work, love the maple grain

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 03-22-2012 07:00 AM

beautiful board

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 03-22-2012 12:10 PM

that is a beautiful chess board. The wood is great looking as is the design and quality of construction.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 03-22-2012 03:06 PM

Really, really stunning.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 03-22-2012 03:17 PM

STUNNING is an inadequate description. Thanks for posting, projects like this constantly keep pushing me to do higher quality work.

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

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#12 posted 03-22-2012 03:19 PM

You are wright it is STUNNING .

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#13 posted 03-22-2012 04:10 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#14 posted 03-22-2012 05:43 PM

That is amazing, the carved burl is unbelievable.

-- I never finish anyth

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#15 posted 03-22-2012 06:59 PM

Amazing work on the Burl…

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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