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Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 09-19-2014 03:12 AM 2213 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor buddy has a Grandmother who molded and fired her own set of porcelain chess pieces (or chessmen, or whatever you call a gaggle of chess pieces) and they have been passed down to my buddy’s son, who is a skilled player.

He so wanted a playing board worthy of both the quality and family-value placed on these pieces.

I told him I would make him one.

The pieces are large, so we decided on 2” x 2” squares of rock maple and walnut. I put a kinda complicated border around the board of ¼ “strips” of alternating maple and walnut. Hated it. Way too “busy, so I cut that off and did the plain Jane walnut border, which I think actually does balance with the board OK.

The box for the pieces had to be set back so that the top could open fully to store the pieces. My wife added the velvet to the interior of the box.

I hope this board holds up and gives many years of great memories to this wonderful family.

SealCoat x 2
Waterlox Original x 2
Waterlox Satin x 4
Steel wool rub
Paste Wax x 3

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#1 posted 09-19-2014 04:23 AM

That board came out really beautiful. The box underneath is pretty slick. They should be quite proud of their new board.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 04:25 AM


Thanks for the kind words.

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 05:26 AM

Now who wouldn’t love to be the owner of that board. I could see that set up setting out for all to see. Great job, thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 09-19-2014 06:28 AM


Again, thanks for the kind words


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#5 posted 09-19-2014 08:30 AM

Well done, Great looking board!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 09-19-2014 09:32 AM

I love it , so unique.
Good job Bruce and Michelle

-- Bert

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#7 posted 09-19-2014 11:12 AM

The pieces look very well taken care of! The velvet inside will continue to keep them safe. The strong sturdy box will do the same and the top for playing is one of the best I have seen! Your time spent on the finish really does show! Lots of depth.
I hope you have or will get the opportunity to play a game with him.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#8 posted 09-19-2014 11:39 AM


-- Lazy River Studio - Wooden Signs & Rustic Furniture by Scott -

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#9 posted 09-19-2014 11:49 AM

She’s a beaut! Well Done!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#10 posted 09-19-2014 02:09 PM

The board does the chess pieces justice. Beautiful work.

My only suggestion would have been to make individual slots for the pieces so they do not bounce against one another in transport.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#11 posted 09-19-2014 02:14 PM


Great suggestion…............but they already-have nice wrappings for each piece.

Thanks for the kind words.

In fact, to all of you…...........thanks for the kind comments


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#12 posted 09-19-2014 02:37 PM

Impressive board and pieces,nice work.


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#13 posted 09-19-2014 03:13 PM

Definitely special and very nicely crafted!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 09-19-2014 03:37 PM

Jim, coming from you that is high praise indeed.

You posted a comment somewhere on something suggesting Seal Coat and Waterlox. That is where I got the finish idea so you get All the credit for that.

Thanks again,

And Hillbilly ..........thank you also for the nice words


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#15 posted 09-19-2014 06:11 PM

The next project on my list is help my son build a chess board. It will be his first project. This comes at a great time.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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