Chess Box

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Project by Straightpiped posted 12-16-2008 02:19 AM 2315 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a chess box that I just finished for my father for Christmas…This would conclude the second item that I have ever made (not including Jr. High many years ago). He has always wanted one. 90% of it was cut with my circular saw prior to buying my table saw. I am pretty happy with the result. Now I just need to get a Lathe to make the peices.

It is made of BloodWood, Red Oak, and Roak(I believe).

-- T. Nelson

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#1 posted 12-16-2008 02:50 AM

2nd piece ever? Wow, you’re on a fast track to becoming a pro. Nice selection of colors.

(Go to Wikipedia and look-up Cocobolo for an excellent photo of chess pieces.)

-- Branlon, Board Director, South Central Indiana

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#2 posted 12-16-2008 04:36 AM

That is super nice. Great craftsmanship, beautiful wood selection, really a “one of” , piece.

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

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#3 posted 12-16-2008 04:44 AM

Nice job!

While you are waiting for the lathe, Lee Valley sells a set of wooden chess pieces very cheap.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-16-2008 12:10 PM

circular saw???? boy, you have one good hand. did you glue it one square at a time or did you glue strips and crosscut?
I am also making a chess board for a friend (this is my second try – the first one had 7 rows so it was not that usable). mine is very thing (less than 1 cm).
I found that gluing the endgrain is really hard (ended up using biscuits), and i am now contemplating how to frame it so it will not break the frame or twist (I am sending it from dry Christchurch to humid Tel aviv).

fantastic piece. the finish is also excellent. i with my 2nd (or 10th) piece were that good.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 12-16-2008 01:00 PM

Nice looking finish. How did you do it?

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#6 posted 12-16-2008 02:08 PM

I glued it up in strips than crosscut. I used a guide fence for my circular saw, which helped. After gluing I used a router and a jig to flaten, than alot of sanding. It is about 3/4” thick.

The finish is a MinWax wipe on poly. Real easy to apply.

-- T. Nelson

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