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Project by Cokeley posted 08-05-2014 09:03 PM 1601 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Building a chess set for my Dad who taught me how to play way back when. The slab is one of the last remnants of spalted maple from my dining room table project. As I cut and carved, the design has evolved. Originally, I was going to cut and rout all four sides and their edges, but I’ve opted to to keep the live edge to retain some of the natural beauty.

I carved out the squares with a 1/16” router bit. The three other sides and their edges were rounded to offset the raw/live edge with a touch of refinement. The feet (not shown) are 3/8” x 1” lag screws which were countersunk so as the slab alters states over time, you could always level the playing surface by tightening or loosening the “feet”.

After a bit of filling and a bunch of sanding I stained the alternate squares with an English Chestnut tone and finished with Waterlox Satin Tung Oil. Also, in keeping with my wood/metal merger work from other projects, I’ve constructed the chess pieces from scratch out of 1/2” nuts and bolts… Thanks for looking and let me know whatcha’ think!

-- The seeds of doubt need neither sun nor water to flourish, but if they do, cut'em down and make a bench out of 'em.

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 09:52 PM

Very creative with the pieces and using the scraps from your table project.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#2 posted 08-25-2014 08:36 PM

Much appreciated, Bill. Thanks for the kind words.

-- The seeds of doubt need neither sun nor water to flourish, but if they do, cut'em down and make a bench out of 'em.

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#3 posted 08-26-2017 04:52 PM

Beautiful work! This is outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 09-30-2018 04:47 AM

Very nice work.

For future reference, the correct reference orientation is for white/lite color to be to the players right.

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