Chess Board with Storage

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Project by generick posted 02-02-2013 02:40 AM 2388 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The board is constructed with curly maple and ziricoti. The carcase is figured sycamore. The board is built on a 1/2 baltic birch plywood base for long term stability. The new chess set hasn’t helped me play much better, but I look good losing.

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 04:37 AM

Looks like a beautiful set. What did you finish it with?

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 05:24 AM

I cheated a bit on this one because I didn’t have a sander big enough to handle it. A local cabinet shop sanded the top on their giant belt sander to 400 grit for me.

I put on 3 coats of Watco natural and wet sanded the top to 1200 grit. Then I used a Beal buff and the two abrasive compounds to bring out the shine. Finally, a coat of caranuba followed by some Renaissance wax. The top is like glass and really slick.I bought the pieces to match the size of the board squares, which are 2 inches.

It was my son’s Christmas present. He kills me most of the time.

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 08:56 PM

There is a free chess Strategy book you can find for iBooks and I’m assuming kindle as well called chess strategy by Edward lasker. It can get a bit detailed, but if you want to get better at chess it certainly would help. Otherwise. It’s a great chess set. I’m actually working on one right now that I’m making out of tiger maple and ebony.

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#4 posted 02-04-2013 04:33 PM

Cool chess set. Great wood combination and finish. Great present and son will proud to have that.


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