My Chess Boxes

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Project by WoodMosaics posted 03-02-2009 04:22 AM 3039 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I started thinking about making Chess Boxes I decided to have a small border around them and then continue the chess pattern on the side. This is what I came up with. The pictures show the (1) front and top, (2) the top, (3) the front, side and top, (4) the back, side and top, (5) with it open. The description on this box is;

This Chess Box is about 13” x 13” and 3 5/8” high on the outside. Inside it is 12 1/4” x 12 1/4” x 2”. I made it using 612 pieces of wood cut in triangle shapes from different kinds of wood. Each square is 1 ½” and is made by using four triangles. This makes a design within each square and gives it a completely different look. The box is finished in its natural color with 5 or 6 coats of a clear wiping varnish, rubbed in by hand. The pieces are a bit over 3/16” thick, glued onto a Baltic Birch base, so they hold up much better than a thin veneer.

As you can see in pictures 1 and 2, wood does reflect light according to the way the grain runs.

The type of wood is listed on the bottom of the box from the center out. On this box the wood is “Wenge” from West Africa, “Philippine Mahogany” from the Philippines”, and “Hackberry” from Missouri.

I lined the bottom of the box with black velveteen.

On this next box, the wood is “Elm” “Ash” and “Cedar” from Missouri

CBox Elm-Ash-Cedar

On this box the wood is “Hackberry” from Missouri, “Bubinga” from Africa, and “Walnut” from Missouri.

CBox Hb-Bub-Wal

On this box the wood is “Hackberry” and “Walnut” from Missouri and “Wenge” from West Africa.

CBox Hb-Wal-Wenge

On this last box the wood is “Wenge” from West Africa, “Purpleheart” from Central or South America and “Ash heart wood” from Missouri.

CBox Ph-Wenge-Ash

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 03-02-2009 05:05 AM

nice man good wood selections and cuts on veneers. enjoy these alot

-- Steven Weber Jr., A Mile High @

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#2 posted 03-02-2009 05:40 AM

Haven’t seen a bad design yet. Great ideas, super designs, always a joy to see your creations.

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

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#3 posted 03-02-2009 06:09 AM

You have taken your art to a new level, I’m still working on a cutting jig to get each peice the same size.

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#4 posted 03-02-2009 06:47 AM

All are fantastic design and nicely built.
Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 03-02-2009 02:48 PM

Wow That is special. Very nice work. Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 03-02-2009 04:18 PM

Unbelievable great work, How many hours do you have in each piece?


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#7 posted 03-02-2009 04:25 PM

A bunch of them.

-- 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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