shawnns chess board

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Project by grizzman posted 10-08-2012 05:02 PM 1647 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this chess board was made for my nephew, he will be graduating from college with his bachelors degree in December and so this is one of the gifts Ive made for him, its made from walnut and oak, it has a drawer underneath that goes both ways, i put elk antler on the drawer for the pulls, the bottom of the drawer is walnut veneer that came from an older antique that could not be salvaged, so it has a nice older patina to it already,and the strip against the walnut is southern yellow heart pine. The board was finished with several coats of BLO…i have found this to be a good finish , i buffed the top with a wool pad and i also sanded the whole piece to 400 grit, thank you for looking and thanks for any comments, grizzman.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 05:08 PM

Nice job Griz. Back when I had time I liked to play chess. Hope he can spend countless hours with it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 05:11 PM

Nice work Grizz.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 05:11 PM

That looks great, Grizz!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 05:28 PM

Good work, Grizz.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 05:41 PM

Very nice work Grizz ,this is the coolest Chess board your nephew will love it.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 05:54 PM

Another beauty, Grizz!

You really have a knack for being able to incorporate the natural characteristics of the wood into the beauty of your projects.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 06:00 PM

looks great!

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#8 posted 10-08-2012 07:04 PM

That is stricking. What is BLO?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 10-08-2012 07:14 PM

Now you are talking… I love chess boards almost as much as I love cutting boards… or making them… fine work… Love it to bits…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#10 posted 10-08-2012 07:41 PM

Wow! Nice work. You can’t even see the drawer until you go looking for it. Those pulls are beautiful.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 10-08-2012 07:59 PM

thanks so much everyone, i love making these myself larry, as for the BLO terry, its boilded linseed oil..i love the stuff, it does a mighty fine job...ellen i didnt want the drawer to be seen so readily so i made it stand back, and because its one drawer, i thought it funny for the opponent to go open his side and my nephew get the quick draw on him and there is no drawer…lol…my sense of humor here…my sister also bought a custom set of chess pieces to go with this…my nephew will be quit surprised…and happy i hope…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 10-08-2012 08:17 PM

Very nice work. That board already looks like it could tell a 1000 stories about the games it’s hosted.

Fine fine job on this!! The patina is absolutely correct.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#13 posted 10-08-2012 08:17 PM

I can see some great old challenges commin up with this beautie grizz. very nice job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 10-08-2012 09:16 PM

Nice job Grizz. Your nephew will have a nice graduation gift to be sure! The draw pull is very unique because we don’t see much elkhorn here on the Cape.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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