Hanging Chess Board

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Project by Don posted 09-25-2012 10:34 AM 3845 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this interesting chess board after coming across a site on the web from a business that produces these. I was actually researching another project at the time.

I made this to hang in a hallway at work, basically to advertise my work, trying to drum up a little business and to let people know I do more than just cutting boards.

The chess board is made from Bubinga and Curly Maple and the frame is from Cedar. The chess pieces sit on Lexan ‘shelves’. Two markers show ‘Last Move’ and of course, ‘Check’. Pieces removed from the board can either sit on top of the frame (1 1/4” thick) or in the bag they are currently in (not shown). I routed 3 grooves in the frame (half lapped joinery) just to spruce it up a bit.

As this is going to be in a very public (work public) place, I didn’t want to take a chance of anything happening to a expensive chess set so I purchased an inexpensive set to use.

Hopefully it will garner some interest.

Thanks for dropping by…..Don

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 09-25-2012 11:43 AM

That’s really neat. Quite unique. I like it, different.

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#2 posted 09-25-2012 12:34 PM

Unique, interesting and nicely done. Good luck attracting new customers.

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 01:08 PM

Yeah very unique. It looks great. Thanks for sharing.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 02:36 PM

Very different, I look fwd to hearing the results.

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

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#5 posted 09-25-2012 02:56 PM

A very fresh and original approach to a traditional game. I like the move and check markers. Looks great great, thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 03:30 PM

Thanks all….I loved the concept when I saw it and thought it would look great hanging on the wall at work. It’ll give the IT geeks something to do other than sitting in front of their pc all day :)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 04:04 PM

I like the concept, reminds me of playing chess online. Looking at it closer, something bugged me. The squares aren’t square, and then realized it has to be elongated to accommodate the pieces. May want to tailor the squares to fit the pieces, maybe only has tall as the tallest piece or hair taller. or a little bit wider. Understand why you wouldn’t want to put an expensive chess set in the public’s hands. at the retail store I work at, I’m surprised anything stays intact.

-- So much to do, so little time.

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#8 posted 09-25-2012 04:09 PM

I had originally designed this for a 3” King (tallest piece) but when I couldn’t stand the thought of putting an expensive set up, I opted for the smaller, less expensive (cheap cheap cheap) one.

If I get any orders for one, it will be tailored for the set either I will purchase for the customer or they will either purchase or have on hand.

One of the guys at work thought it looked weird having elongated ‘squares’ but after thinking about it for a sec, realized it had to be this way….

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#9 posted 09-25-2012 05:36 PM


-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#10 posted 09-25-2012 05:55 PM

Now that is a really unique board!! Nice going!!..............Jim

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#11 posted 09-25-2012 06:06 PM

That is such a cool Idea I love it..

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#12 posted 09-25-2012 06:29 PM

Now that is just cool.

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#13 posted 09-25-2012 06:56 PM

Great execution Don. Love the concept, the choice of woods and the display.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#14 posted 09-25-2012 10:09 PM

My head is spinning at the possibilities!
Thanks for showing.
Really well done, and a conversation piece for sure!

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#15 posted 09-26-2012 02:07 AM

Love it and will make one. Love the game and have been involved in it since age 4 so 68 years. Play a good game. Can’t remember last defeat but it was at least 50 years ago. Teach all my grandchildren who show any interest and will make one of these for one household where two of them and their mum all play. The heouse is a bit crowded so hanging one on the wall is perfect. Congratulations on a great job and thanks for sharing.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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