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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, http://www.donebydon.ca





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 668 days ago

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

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 668 days ago

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

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Kevin

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#3 posted 668 days ago

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

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

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 668 days ago

Very different, I look fwd to hearing the results.

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

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JT23325

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#5 posted 668 days ago

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

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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Don

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#6 posted 668 days ago

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, http://www.donebydon.ca

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jacen68

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#7 posted 668 days ago

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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Don

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#8 posted 668 days ago

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, http://www.donebydon.ca

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Ben Simms

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#9 posted 668 days ago

cool

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 668 days ago

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

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mcoyfrog

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#11 posted 668 days ago

That is such a cool Idea I love it..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Grumpymike

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#12 posted 668 days ago

Now that is just cool.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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McLeanVA

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#13 posted 668 days ago

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

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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SandMan90

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#14 posted 668 days ago

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

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Milton Toal

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#15 posted 667 days ago

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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