Chess board

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Project by Buckeyes85 posted 01-02-2014 05:25 PM 1469 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and I made this out of cherry, curly maple, and walnut. The maple is scraps from our kitchen floor. The Cherry drawer front is a burled cherry pen blank that we re-sawed and bookmatched. The top is about a half inch thick glued with liquid nails to a 1/8” hardboard substrate to prevent the gluing end grain problem. Drawers are poplar and dovetailed. The drawer pulls are scraps of brass we bent and polished. The feet were made with a router bit then drilled partially with a forstner bit to get the curve. Finish is minwax polycrylic and then rubbed out with butchers wax.

Thanks for looking

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 07:39 PM

Most excellent!
Thanks for sharing with us!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 08:12 PM

Chess Board well done, I like it.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 09:11 PM

Love it, you know I tried to play chess once, after learning the moves, my son, who played at school proceeded to teach me how to loose, then I gave up. Someday I hope to build one of these for my grandsons, who I hope will play at school, and some day teach their dad that same lesson.

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 09:31 PM

Sweet looking board, I hope I finish my chess board to look as good as yours does.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 02:20 AM

BE, you and your son did nice work here. I especially like the feet. Wish you had shown the drawer. Did you do anything on the inside? Wooden Venetian blinds make nice, thin dividers and can be half-lapped with a 1/8 inch blade. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 10:02 AM

thanks all for the comments.

Boxguy – thanks for the tip on dividers. Considered that but frankly ran out of room. The chess pieces were not all going to fit with dividers. As it is they are tight and the drawers actually butt up to each other as the “stop”. The drawer sides are poplar and the bottom is 1/4” oak ply recycled from something else.

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 04:26 PM

Great job. Nice re-purposing of materials also. I re-purpose as much as possible.

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 04:33 PM

You did an excellent job on this chess board. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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