chess board for a jock

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Project by grizzman posted 03-01-2013 10:21 PM 2932 views 10 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well here is the story, i wanted something out of wood that i dont make and my fellow jock wanted something that i have made before so i made this chess board for him, the board itself is made of WALNUT, AMBROSIA MAPLE, SPALTED PECAN FOR THE OUTSIDE BOARDER, AND A STRIP OF RED CEDAR, THEN THE CASE UNDER IT IS MADE OF CHERRY AND WALNUT, THE HANDLES ARE MAPLE AND PADAUK, AND RED CEDAR IN THE OTHER. i sanded this from 80 grit to 400 grit, then i wet sanded with 400 grit, and this is as smooth as a babies bottom, the drawers run on an oak slide that is 3/4 wide and the bottom of the drawers are some really old poplar that came out of an old antique, as all wood work i do this was a joy to make, and to make it for a friend and fellow jock is very satisfying , i will deliver this chess board to my friend tomorrow, and we shall meet at woodcraft, and i have a 10% birthday card, so i just might get me something…thanks for taking time to look at my project, and i appreciate any coments you leave. grizzman

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

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 10:24 PM

Wow this is great Mr.Grizz man:)) Really a beautiful chess board ,fantastic wood and a super build.Three thumbs up,

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 10:25 PM

Beautiful chess board and you still showed the beauty of the wood.

Great job.

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

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 10:28 PM

That is a beauty Grizz. Your friend will surely love it. The woods and colors look great too. Wonderful work. It sounds like you are going to get some tool store candy. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 10:31 PM

Hey can I store my onyx pieces in that fine cabinet! Probaly have to do a felt lining to protect the cabinet and the pieces?

Nice post!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 10:36 PM

I love the rustic look of this project Grizz. Nicely done.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 03-01-2013 10:43 PM

That is a Beautiful chess board & cabinet! Your friend is lucky indeed!!!!!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 10:54 PM

grizzman – Absolutely beautiful. Very much in love with it. The top is stunning. Great story to go with it as well. Awesome.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#8 posted 03-01-2013 11:04 PM

Beautiful job Grizzman!

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#9 posted 03-01-2013 11:08 PM

Your wood choices compliment each other. Not only did you create a beautiful piece, and you had fun doing it.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#10 posted 03-01-2013 11:29 PM

I’d skip the game and just stare at the gorgeous wood!
Nice work, Mr. Grizz.

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

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#11 posted 03-02-2013 12:16 AM

Wow: Awesome job on the chess board. Love the different kinds of wood you put on the board. Looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 03-02-2013 12:18 AM

After seeing how nice your chess board came out all I can think about is “I want to be your friend too!” This is so nice! If I got the chance I would steal it! just kidding but not about how nice it is!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 03-02-2013 12:21 AM

Wow Griz I love the wood, the way you made it and the finish is awesome too! Hard to pick a favorite but this may be it of yours. I went to see a sawmill today where a 85 year young man was cutting wood by the truckload. There were many slabs 3” thick and 4’x8’ for table tops from the cedar logs he has. Must of been 20 log truck loads ready to cut! Going back soon and take some pic’s. He wants $450 for each big slab so not too bad. Good to see your fine work good buddie!

-- $tudie

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#14 posted 03-02-2013 12:27 AM

Nice one buddy.
Some lovely character in those pieces and your own style adds even more.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#15 posted 03-02-2013 12:31 AM

Yabadaba wow grizz, you must realy owe your mate big time playing pay back with this fabulous piece :)
Man he’s one lucky dude. that timber give it a real one of look.
great job mate

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

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