Hidden board game #1

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Project by hurailer posted 04-25-2013 02:48 PM 2065 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago, I had an idea for an extraordinary board game. The main feature is the absence of visible marks on in. You should not see what it is at the first look. Long time, I had no idea how to realize it, but then I got the answer: LIGHT.

So I created a mesh from black polystyrene on my CNC-milling mashine and add a single LED in each field. Around this mesh I put a stripe of polystyrene with milled numbers and characters, also lighted with LEDs. (Sorry, I forgot to make a picture of it, now it’s glued together.)

The frame around is made from pine wood, and walnut vereen. After gluing the parts together, I milled a rabbat for a sheet of translucend plexiglas. The finish is made with Danish Oil.

Sadly the camera can’t show the real effect of the lights. With your own eyes, you won’t see any hotspots on the fields.

I hope you like the invisible CHESS BOARD.

-- Ein echter Deutscher Holzwurm! -- A pure German woodworm!

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 02:50 PM

now that is neat

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 02:56 PM

This is REALLY freaking cool. I want to make a chess board but this has change my ideas. Really cool…

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 05:23 PM

Well that is cool. great work.

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

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 05:46 PM

Its brilliant a really lovely idea.

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 05:54 PM

That really is just too cool. I bet it’s fun to turn it on and surprise people who wonder what it is. You’ve got a great imagination.

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#6 posted 04-25-2013 10:19 PM

So you play this with the lights out…....I think Game Night just becam Date Night.

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 02:47 AM

unbelievable!! i love it.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#8 posted 04-26-2013 02:47 AM

Stealth Chess.

Totally cool idea and execution.

-- -- Don from PA

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#9 posted 04-26-2013 05:36 AM

That is really really cool.


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#10 posted 04-26-2013 12:29 PM

I wonder if someone who is really good at chess could play this without turning on the lighted table? Could be interesting to watch… :0

Cool board!

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#11 posted 04-26-2013 01:42 PM

very clever…. please tell us more about your CNC

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#12 posted 04-26-2013 04:37 PM

Now you just need to patent it …very nice

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short

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#13 posted 04-29-2013 01:59 PM

That’s very cool and imaginative. Like the amazing light effects and the beautiful frame. Well done!

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#14 posted 04-29-2013 03:02 PM

That’s really unusual and creative. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 05-01-2013 10:38 PM

That’s amazing, so creative….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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