Krenov chessboard

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I built my own horizontal boring machine to get the squares lined up accurately for dowels. German pear, wenge and mahogany.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#1 posted 295 days ago

great looking chess board.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 295 days ago

Looks great, would love to see more pictures

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 295 days ago

I agree, looks great. Would love to see more photos and more about the build process.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#4 posted 295 days ago

Very nice. Would also like to see more pictures of it. Not familiar with Krenov’s chess board style.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 295 days ago

Krenov shows how to make a chess table in “The Impractical Cabinetmaker”, p. 115. I modified it by placing it in a frame instead of a table. He drills the dowel holes on his table saw with horizontal boring attachment, like the one on Inca table saw that raises and lowers a drill chuck on the side using the wheel that raises and lowers the saw blade – I made my own horizontal boring machine using a mandrel with drill chuck on one stand and on another table with an attachment for a German tablesaw that moves left and right. I used leg levelers to get the height adjustment.

Here’s the full chess table made by someone else:

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#6 posted 295 days ago

Great looking chess table.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 295 days ago

Another beautiful piece. Kim. 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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#8 posted 295 days ago

I tried the dowel method and found getting a hole in the exact center on all four sided to be beyond my skills so I just glued the squares in place. So far no problems. A man has got to know his limitations.

-- Stephen NYS

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#9 posted 294 days ago

Abbsolutely beautiful! I am adding it to my favorites.

One question though; are the dowels visible when you look top down?

-- Looking for a good quality Drill Press and a Cabinet Saw for cheap!

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#10 posted 294 days ago

There’s about an 1/8 inch distance between the squares. I dyed the dowels black, so you can’t see them.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#11 posted 292 days ago

Looks fantastic, like the style and interesting build. Beautiful wood combo and finish. Excellent work!

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