My first chess board

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Project by sgmdwk posted 119 days ago 625 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished a chess board made for my son and daughter-in-law. It’s a Christmas surprise, but they don’t read LJ so I am safe posting it early. I started with a piece of walnut given me by a friend, and a maple board from a local store. The top is walnut and maple with a walnut inlay around the playing area. The box is walnut with maple drawer handles. The base is plywood framed with oak (I ran short of maple). It is 17.25 inches squared and 3.75 inches high. Not perfect, but I think they’ll like it.

-- Dave K.

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#1 posted 119 days ago

Great looking chess board. I am sure it will be well received. Nice work….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 119 days ago

This turned out great, if you don’t mind me asking how thick are the pieces you made the top from?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#3 posted 119 days ago

The piece of rough walnut I started with was about 11/16 thick. By the time I planed out irregularities it was right at 1/2 inch. I planed the maple to the same. The frame around the top is 5/8 inch thick

-- Dave K.

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#4 posted 118 days ago

Very nice.

-- CaptFerd

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#5 posted 118 days ago

Beautiful chess board Dave…Great job and I am sure they will be very very happy with it.

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

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Carl wade

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#6 posted 118 days ago

Great Job ! It’s always nice to see new ideas

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#7 posted 118 days ago

Thanks for sharing, looks beautiful. I just ordered material to build a similar one. Going to do the project with my 8 yr old as he’s showing an interest in learning chess. Can’t wait to get started.

-- Todd, the Tool Man -

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#8 posted 89 days ago

Very clean, very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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