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Project by Josh posted 07-12-2007 05:20 PM 2252 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maple and walnut for the board, cherry for the border. Pieces bought from leevalley for $3.50 (thanks to another member for the tip)

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#1 posted 07-12-2007 05:23 PM

Nice board Josh. I like the contrast of the woods used.

Did you make the board float between the borders, or just glued together? Also, did you re-enforce the corners of the border?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 07-12-2007 05:27 PM

Very nice, I like how the playing board is above the borders. Unique. Great job!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 07-12-2007 07:21 PM


The board was made seperate from the border. the board and the border both sit on a 1/2” base of birch w/ a 1/2” cherry border (which i guess reinforces the border a little). The board cannot come out of the frame if thats what u mean by “floating” its all glued together. The border frame was joined with biscuits.

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#4 posted 07-12-2007 08:05 PM

Yes, I agree, I really like the raised playing field! Had you seen this elsewhere or was this an inspiration?

-- John

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#5 posted 07-12-2007 08:07 PM

Very nice chess board. How thick are the separate board pieces that you glued together?

-- 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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#6 posted 07-12-2007 08:19 PM

I kinda just winged the project without a plan in mind. I made the board and knew i wanted a border and was going to use maple or walnut but wanted some kind of buffer inbetween the board and the border. I found some cherry i had and decided it would look cool if the board was raised with a cherry border.

The board peices were made using 4/4 which eventually wound up a little over 1/2” after flattening after each glueup.

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#7 posted 07-13-2007 09:20 AM

I was a little confused by the second picture. There’s an optical illusion. If you look at it and think of the border as a box sitting under the chess-board – well anyway – it’s a very nice project and and well executed.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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