Chess Set, Segmented, Box Board, folding

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Project by Denvy posted 07-18-2012 05:36 PM 3874 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chess set was for my personal use. When my grand daughter saw it she asked if I would make one for her new chess playing husband. Make one? No but he can have this one ! Sent it off for their wedding present.
I segmented strips of wood, chopped them up and glued on tops and bottoms, then turned each piece. The Knights were the most challenging, after turning the bottom, I sliced away at the top section to reveal what could be conceived as a horse after some whittling and sanding. After carving and sanding I had to buff the tops of the knights so they would be half as nice as the turned and finished pieces. Lots of fun….love to turn.

—I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his
1946 plymouth.

-- Denvy, Tualatin, Oregon USA

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 07:05 PM

I think it is just really cool! I really like it!
Great work, great gift!
I play a little but I’m not that good, I’d play a little more if I had a set this nice!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 07:13 PM

I love chess. It seriously is a great past time!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 07:31 PM

denver thats a beautiful chess set

-- robert dignam

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 12:56 AM

Looks a LOT better than the set I play on, THE COMPUTER

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 03:32 AM

Denver, I wish you had taken the time to show us more views of this. How is the box hinged? What does it look like on the inside. Did you make the board and box or just the chess pieces?

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 07-19-2012 09:27 PM

Beautifully done piece. I play some chess myself and this looks better than most boards I’ve seen.

-- Ben from IL

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 04:22 AM

Here is a picture of the hinged action. I simply inset the hinges so the lid would close to the space of one
hack-saw-blade thickness. That way it closes and does not bind. The inside is lined with stick on felt that I purchased at Michaels (craft store). I was in no hurry to make the box and I used a belt sander to square up
the box starting with 36 grit, 50, 80, 100, 120, then I used an oscillating orbital sander to finish with 180, then
220 grit paper. I used two coats of french polish rubbed that out and whallaha…great looking finish, not durable
but very good looking. The purpose for the box is storage on a shelf. Large game boards are great if you have
the space to put up a nice table with legs and all, but that is not what I wanted, I needed to stow it away for that special time when I can play, then put it back on the shelf. Hope this helps.

-- Denvy, Tualatin, Oregon USA

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