My first chess board

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Project by Monty Queen posted 11-26-2012 02:48 AM 1486 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks, the last couple of months i been back in my work shop just playing around. I been wanting to make a chess board for a while now. The last few weekend i been working on this chess board. I put inlay around the edges i have never inlayed before. I know that it is a art in itself. I put six coats of laquer on the board. It looks great the way it is, but i will let it dry for a week and rub out the finish. I am not sure yet but i might make a cabinet for it with drawers to put the chess pieces in it. Thanks for looking at it.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 03:02 AM

That is a gorgeous chess board, Monty!! That inlay really sets it off from the rest!!

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 03:02 AM

really nice board monty, i like making these myself..will enjoy seeing it if you add the drawers, so re post it if you do..

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 03:06 AM

Thanks for the comments, Grizz i am not sure if i am going to make a board with drawers or make a table with queen ann legs. It will be a while but i will repost it.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 03:06 AM

Excellent job, Monty. It sure puts my first chess board to shame.

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

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#5 posted 11-26-2012 03:19 AM

Beautiful piece. Wish I had time to sit and play a match with you!

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

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#6 posted 11-26-2012 03:27 AM

Nice job, I have never tried to do inlay but when I do I hope it turns out as nice as yours

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#7 posted 11-26-2012 12:26 PM

Outstanding….really like the inlay….

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#8 posted 11-26-2012 12:43 PM

Very elegant chess board. The inlay is a really nice touch.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 11-26-2012 01:49 PM

Monty, Nice Work!!
What woods did you use? Are you gonna make your own chess pieces?
I like it, you have some awesome talent.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#10 posted 11-26-2012 04:04 PM

Thanks a lot for all the nice comments. The board is made out of walnut and maple. I want to make chess pieces but i am not sure i going to try to tackle that right now. Thats a lot of turning.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 11-26-2012 04:30 PM

Gorgeous! Been wanting to tackle that for a while. Would love to see what you come up with for drawers or piece storage. I have a ceramic board and set I made years ago but have been trying to figure out what kind of box or table to build for it.

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#12 posted 11-26-2012 07:14 PM

Beautiful chessboard!

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#13 posted 11-26-2012 10:01 PM

wish I was that good at first timing things great job

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#14 posted 11-26-2012 10:21 PM

Great chess board, and that edge banding really sets it off.

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#15 posted 11-28-2012 04:30 PM

Great work. A chess board has been on my short list for way too long. My plan is walnut and ash just because that’s what I have a lot of on hand. The inlay is a pure touch of class.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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