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Project by Don posted 05-21-2012 08:06 PM 3511 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this was a project and a half….well more like two in one.

A friend of mine at work saw some of my projects and asked if I could make a chess board and a backgammon board. She wanted to have it all in one so I started planning. I thought of a flip-top chess board but dismissed the idea and this is what I came up with. Build the chess board with storage that I have been building all along but add another drawer for storing the backgammon board.

Key to this and first to be built was the backgammon board as everything would be build around it’s size. I contacted a few LJ’s (Tootles, Gary and James) about how to build the board and jig and I really appreciate the help they provided. The backgammon board is made from Walnut, Cherry and Maple for the triangles plus Birdseye Maple and Padauk for the middle, surrounded by Walnut. My initial attempt ended up in the scrap heap. I was off by about 1/2 degree between the mitre saw and table saw jig. This is the second attempt. Pieces are Bubinga and Maple.

The Chess board is Walnut and Maple with Walnut accented on the drawers by Maple. I had to make the board twice as the first one just wasn’t big enough. It will be used for another project. First set of squares were 1 5/8” and looked puny compared to the rest of the project. Second board squares are 2 1/4”. She may have to buy a bigger chess set :)

I sanded to 220 grit and applied 3 coats of Deft Danish Oil Finish, sanding in between with 400, followed up with 2 coats of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. Brass knobs and Red fabric finish the project off.

Thanks for looking and as always, I welcome comments and feedback.

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca





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AMC

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 08:29 PM

very nice.

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 08:40 PM

Well done, it’s beautiful.

-- Vince

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 08:57 PM

I am impressed.

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 05:35 AM

Don, Great you didnĀ“t make the flip boards. This is very neat and elegant. I like the finishing as well

The Backgammon board is impressive. Well done indeed

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 07:54 AM

Great work, on both! Very nice.

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

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#6 posted 05-22-2012 12:17 PM

Good job Don! That came out very well. And I think you made a good choice going for the rectangle between the points of the backgammon board, it’s very neat.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 01:38 PM

Well if she is not pleased, send it to me and I would bem thrilled….. Nice Work…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 03:09 PM

Very nice job. Did you also turn the pieces?

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#9 posted 05-22-2012 03:15 PM

Thanks all…appreciate the compliments.

G – I showed her the pictures this morning and sorry….she liked it a lot :)

Leroy – As much as I’d love to say I turned them, she purchased the pieces ahead of time.

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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#10 posted 05-22-2012 04:30 PM

Very classy all around. I especially like the healthy bevel running around the corners of the playing squares on the chess board. That’s a detail I don’t often see, and it’s really cool.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#11 posted 05-22-2012 07:00 PM

Beautiful work! Game boards are one of my favorite projects.

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eddie

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#12 posted 05-22-2012 07:11 PM

nice board and the woods you used are a good match,really nice finish.love both games,

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#13 posted 05-22-2012 07:29 PM

Nice one… I’ve got two chess boards (maple/walnut) that I made a while back just waiting to be finished. Good ideas here.

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#14 posted 05-23-2012 04:58 PM

SaaaaaWEEET!

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#15 posted 05-24-2012 01:32 PM

Classic beauty.

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