chess board and pieces

  • Advertise with us
Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 289 days ago 1030 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The chessboard is my design motivated by shoji screens. The chess pieces were designed by John Economaki of Bridge City Tool fame. I made them in a class he taught at the Marc Adams school. John is a very good teacher, with lots of skill and a good humor style. The board pieces were made on a Jointmaker Pro from BCT. Each cell is 1.75×1.75 inches and has 10 separate pieces. The small diagonal ones are about 0.4 inches long. The scale of the chess pieces is determined by the king piece, which is about 4 inches high. The woods: outer frame is cherry, main grid work is paulownia, the rest is maple and walnut (as are the chess pieces). Most of the work was done with hand-operated tools – the Jointmaker Pro and Kerfmaker from BCT, with some work on the chess pieces done with an oscillating belt sander. I was going to make a couple more of these, but instead ….. the next move if any is yours.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

8 comments so far

View Dusty56's profile


11605 posts in 2187 days

#1 posted 289 days ago

You must be a very patient person ! So many awesome details to complete. Fantastic would be an understatement ! : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

View deon's profile


2003 posts in 1524 days

#2 posted 289 days ago

Wow, great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

View aussiedave's profile


2751 posts in 323 days

#3 posted 288 days ago

Wow all those little itty bitty pieces…what a great job…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

View BTimmons's profile


1894 posts in 984 days

#4 posted 288 days ago

I really, REALLY like the designs of the chess pieces. And that board, wow. The Jointmaker Pro looks like such a fun tool. It’s definitely on my list of tools to buy if I ever win the lottery.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

View helluvawreck's profile


14571 posts in 1365 days

#5 posted 288 days ago

This is wonderful.

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

View Mip's profile


294 posts in 577 days

#6 posted 288 days ago

I saw John’s original board over on his website. He only completed the squares that hold up the players on either side of the field of play, all the others were left open so the players would fall through. You have completed all of the squares where you can actually play on. Plus, you put a lot more work into your field, which I like better than John’s. Great job and design.

View nonickswood's profile


351 posts in 886 days

#7 posted 288 days ago

Wow! Lots of little pieces is right.
I would definitely lose playing on this Board- spend all my time looking at it and forget where my chess men were!
Beautiful job!

-- Nick, Virginia,

View Fishinbo's profile


11162 posts in 674 days

#8 posted 285 days ago

Marvelous chess board set! A lot of wonderful details and great wood combo, unique and cool design. Impressive work!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase