Another Way to Make a Chess Board Square

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Project by WoodMosaics posted 12-15-2008 04:44 AM 6130 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I will show my original style chess board next time. These boards were an attempt to make a board with out the ornamentation on all sides that my original boards had. These, like my original boards, have what I call a “4 triangle square”. One of the first shows that I did, I had an older man come up to the booth and get right down to them and look them over real close, then he came up to me and said “Son, I can tell you an easier way to make a chess square”. I said back to him “That may be, but it wouldn’t be near as pretty”. And I still believe that.

With this way of doing it, with some kinds of wood, you can match up the grain as it goes around in a square. It doesn’t always match up perfectly, but some will. Some will until you sand it then some of the grain will go one way and some the other. At one show I had a girl ask me how I “got the end grain to go around in a square instead of round”. It takes all kinds.

The three pictures I have at the top, and the first one below has this description. This chess board is 12” square, 12 ½” X 17 ½” over all. Each square is 1 ½” and is made using 4 triangles. Three kinds of wood are on the chess board. The dark square is “Elm”; the light square is “Ash”, “Walnut” is around the chessboard, all from Missouri. There are 418 pieces in the over lay;

Cbd 12X18 Elm-Ash-Wal 1

This next chess board uses Walnut, Oak and Bubinga;

Cbd 12X18 Wal-Oak-Bub

The third chess board has Wenge, Ash and Oak;

Cbd 12X18 Wenge-Ash-Oak 1

The forth chess board has Hackberry, Bubinga and Elm;

Cbd 12X18 HB-Bub-Elm

And this last chess board has Wenge, Hedge and Purple Heart;

Cbd 12X18 Wenge-Hedge-PH

Thank you for looking,
Robin Tucker

-- 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 12-15-2008 05:11 AM

So much work and the results speak for themselves : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 12-15-2008 06:40 AM

Very, very cool Robin.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 12-15-2008 06:47 PM

Great chess boards.
I have a chess set thet I made, that needs a good board.
Thanks for sharing.
Cold Idaho

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#4 posted 12-15-2008 07:17 PM

WOW , truly STUNNING work and very unique.

-- Not my woodworking

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#5 posted 12-17-2008 06:36 AM

You are awesome man. So many ideas put to form. Keep it up , they are all beautiful and it looks like there’s no limit to your ideas or energy.

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

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#6 posted 12-19-2008 06:26 AM

beyond awesome. just mind boggling.

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#7 posted 12-20-2008 03:09 AM

Fantastic work

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#8 posted 12-20-2008 03:30 AM

it looked like the squares had depth at first, in the smaller pix. like that effect with the wenge!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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