A Simple Chessboard with a Twist

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Project by WoodMosaics posted 12-12-2008 11:29 PM 3144 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The smallest chessboard I make only uses two triangles in each square. When I do this, because of the way I cut my triangles, the grain of the wood is going from corner to corner on each square. When you see other chessboards the grain is going from side to side or from top to bottom on each square. It does give a twist to the way the chessboard ends up looking.

This chess board is 8 1/4” square. Each square is just over 1” and is made with 2 triangles back to back. Two types of wood are in the chessboard. The dark square is “Bubinga” from Africa, some call it African Rosewood. The light square is “Hackberry” from Missouri. There are 128 pieces in the over lay using two kinds of wood. The edges are rounded with no border.

Also on the back, I signed it, listed the wood, and dated it. After the date the words “Foot Cut” lets you know it was made on the foot powered table saw.

Here is a more straight-on look at the Hackberry and Bubinga chessboard that I have shown at the top here;

Cbd Tiny Hb-Bub 1

Below is another Hackberry and Bubinga chessboard that the Hackberry had some dark streaks running through it. I was able to get 3 chessboards out of it similar to this one;

Cbd Tiny New HB-Bub 2

The next chessboard uses Hackberry and Walnut;

Cbd Tiny Hb-Wal 1

This next chessboard uses Hackberry and Wenge. You may have noticed I like to use a lot of Hackberry; I like it when it has just a little bit of sap stain in it. It has a slight gray tone to it then. It really shows up when you use it with the Wenge as on this chessboard, but I have found that when I use it with Walnut, the Walnut gives it more of a brown tone in stead of the gray it has with the Wenge;

Cbd Tiny Hb-Wenge

This last Chessboard has the narrow grain Wenge with Purpleheart;

Cbd Tiny Ph-Wenge 1

Thank you for looking,
Robin Tucker, the maker of Wood Mosaics

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#1 posted 12-13-2008 01:33 AM

Very interesting way of building a simple board. Why no border?

-- "Those are my principals, if you don't like them....I have others." - Groucho Marx

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#2 posted 12-13-2008 02:30 AM

Some great looking boards. is there ply on the bottoms and how thick is the wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-13-2008 02:38 AM

Nice looking boards Robin! P-Q4!!


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#4 posted 12-13-2008 02:43 AM

The overlay is 3/16” thick glued onto ¼” Baltic Birch plywood. I don’t put a border on because it wouldn’t increase the price I could charge for them. I have enough time in them as it is, and for most people your time is worth nothing.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#5 posted 12-13-2008 02:50 AM

Robin, those are really nice looking. I like the effect this pattern has. I’d like to try this sometime…maybe even on a cutting board.

Thanks for the post.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 12-13-2008 04:10 AM

Great visual effect, Robin. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 12-13-2008 04:28 AM

These are magnificent.

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#8 posted 12-13-2008 05:19 AM

Beautiful work on all!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 12-13-2008 04:20 PM

They are all beautiful but I have to say the Hackberry and Bubinga chessboard is my favorite !!!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut [email protected]#%#[email protected]!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#10 posted 12-13-2008 05:01 PM

Interesting combinations. They would be fun to play on.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 12-13-2008 05:08 PM

Beautiful, they seem better balanced your way. Super nice. They all have special qualities.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 12-16-2008 08:37 PM

These are absolutely amazing. I’ll be trying this out. Thanks!

-- Dale in Bellevue, NE

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#13 posted 06-19-2010 12:18 PM

Very interesting Chess boards. I have been asked by a customer to make one. Great idea and very nice to look at! Thx for sharing!

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

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#14 posted 06-19-2010 05:21 PM

Beautiful boards great job

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