chess board and pieces

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 07-02-2013 03:10 AM 2491 views 8 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)

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 03:38 AM

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

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 04:23 AM

Wow, great work!

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#3 posted 07-02-2013 11:50 AM

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

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-02-2013 03:14 PM

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 Timmons -

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#5 posted 07-02-2013 03:17 PM

This is wonderful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 07-02-2013 04:34 PM

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.

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#7 posted 07-02-2013 05:39 PM

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,

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#8 posted 07-05-2013 01:38 PM

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

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