Chess Board #1: Ideas and Thoughts

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Blog entry by drknoxy posted 12-01-2008 05:09 PM 5103 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found this website, and now am inspired to make my own.

Vertical chess board

I thought this was a really cool idea though I’m not sure yet on how I would want to install the glass or plexi row/stands.

If you look closely it also has vertical slits between each checkerboard column. (i think)
I wonder how this could have been accomplished

Vertical/column slits

-- Knoxy for short

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Bob #2

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#1 posted 12-01-2008 07:15 PM

It’s hard to say without actuallly seeing the product but it looks like the veneers were laid out in long strips with a contrasting inlay between the strips then cut off to length for the chess board. By reversing the cut offs the pattern appears.
The plexi or plastic is probably just glued between each section.

A very attractive idea for our cramped life stiyles BTW.

I really like the classic chessmen – not too much detail but more than most.


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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#2 posted 12-02-2008 05:08 AM

After looking at the website, I would have to say this is made from one piece of plywood. Each dark square is just stained. A good example on the lumberjocks site is by Ryan Collins

The vertical grooves were probably just made with a router jig. The horizontal is just cut a little deeper and the plexi is glued/pressed into place.

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#3 posted 01-07-2009 10:51 PM

On their website they call out the different types of woods used, and you can see the changing grain directions.

I think instead of turning the pieces I’ll use a scrollsaw that my friend has. It will offer a boxier look than traditional, but I’m not about to buy any turning equiptment.

-- Knoxy for short

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