Chess Board Version 2

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Project by JT23325 posted 10-13-2013 08:53 PM 1319 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Version 2 of a chessboard I posted previously. It is a different set though I upgraded the pedestal adding a extra measure of stability.

Some of the design features on this set include a solid Walnut and Maple top (5/8) thick, 2 drawers for Chess pieces. The board is inset 3/16 which allows a place for a lexan insert that serves as a protective layer. The table also serves as a end table…. I HATE cup rings so I use Lexan or Glass to provide a removable protective surface on my projects as necessary.

The inlay is reserve stock that I had left over fron Chess Board V1

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-13-2013 09:45 PM

Really beautiful work. Classy looking.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-13-2013 10:53 PM

looks very nice.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 12:05 AM

Hi, Jeff,
This is an outstanding piece and you should be very proud of the project. Did you line the drawers with felt? How do you display the pieces captured during play? Since you used solid wood for the top, did you do anything to accommodate the movement differential between the maple and the walnut? TIA

-- Art

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 02:53 AM

Awesome job. One day I am going to make one.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 03:23 AM

Art, I wish the answer to your question was a simple one… I float the board to allow it to do its thing allowing 1/8 inch so that the walnut and Maple can do it’s thing. I used Gorilla glue in the construction which I have found works very will in this type of construction.. I also use it in my cutting boards as it is also waterproof.

As for the drawers… in this particular box the pieces are just put in a open velvet Lined drawer as this was built for my son who did not want fitted inserts… My normal technique is to use crushable foam blocks cut to 1 1/2 inches and then once I press the pieces into place I cover the styrofoam with a velvet velour that I buy by the Bolt at the local Fabric store.. I like using this vise felt as it is more flexible and provides a more elegant look. I have found that the green foam blocks used in flower arrangements work the best when pressing delicate pieces. I coat the foam and fabric with High-Tack Spray glue and spray the foam with a water mist to allow some flexibility to get fabric in place correctly without wrinkles… Works Great!!!!!

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#6 posted 10-14-2013 09:50 PM

Very nice chess table, beautiful wood and nicely finished….great job.

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

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