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Project by Brett StClair posted 08-09-2009 09:10 AM 2311 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A combination of Paduk, Maple, Walnut and a yellowish wood that I cant remember the name of make up this gaming center.

Just under the chess board on top are 2 drawers (accessed from the facing and back sides) that contain the hand turned chess pieces. As my carving skills aren’t quite up to the task I created the Knights from an idea I saw in a magazine where instead of the typical horse carving that most chess sets come with you turn the Knights on a lathe and use a centered and then eccentric mounting technic to give the impression of a knight’s helmet.

—edited since first posting—I forgot to mention… (and I mention it now because I am kinda proud I thought of it) Because the chess pieces are so small and did not have much weight to them I needed to weight them at the base. I epoxied some Nickels to the bottom of each piece (see the shiny ring at the base of each piece). They give the pieces enough stability to avoid accidental tipovers and as an added feature… The red paduk pieces show heads and the white maple pieces (not shown) show tails. In this way you flip a coin to see who gets red or white and goes first.

Under the top chess section and chess piece dwrs is a third larger dwr (see the 2 rectangular walnut shapes in the dwr. The larger of the 2 unfolds into the backgammon board shown in the picture. I Inlayed the triangles for the board with paduk and maple. On the sides are slots for the backgammon pieces and dice. The smaller of the 2 walnut boards is a cribbage board that also unfolds (not shown) to hold a deck of cards and the cribbage pegs.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 08-09-2009 03:17 PM

Nice work. I just completed my first chess board.(almost) Im waiting on flock i ordered for the inside of box. I havnt figured out what to do about the chess pieces. I was going to order them but they are pricey. Not equiped or brave enuff to turn them. Your work looks great and its inspiring. Keep up the good work.

-- RKWoods

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#2 posted 08-09-2009 03:41 PM

great job

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#3 posted 08-09-2009 04:15 PM

Great work.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#4 posted 08-09-2009 06:50 PM

Very Nice!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#5 posted 08-09-2009 07:33 PM

This is great, definitely on my list. Did you use a jig of sorts to make the cribbage board? I’m planning on making a few for myself and friends as soon as my drill press arrives.

RKW – somewhere out here recently (in the past week or two) I saw a chess board with pieces that were made square. They looked pretty good, and you could likely do it safely with a bandsaw or scrollsaw if you were smart about it.

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#6 posted 08-11-2009 12:34 AM

Great looking boards! While you are waiting for yours, you can have some fun playing backgammon on the boards at:

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#7 posted 08-11-2009 08:10 AM

Thanks all for the great comments!

To answer Mauritius’ question… I did use a template for the backgammon board. I sketched up the board on a CAD program to size the triangles accurately. I then printed the board to scale and just cut out the triangle pieces. I used one of these to make the template. It probably would have been more accurate to use this template and a router setup to make all the triangles uniform…. but I wasn’t that smart at the time. What I did do was trace around the template on each piece and then sand each of the pieces to the line. Of course this method required more sanding-to-fit. As it turns out the printout of the board also provided me with the diamond shape for the walnut pieces that are between the triangles (you can see these if you look really close at the top of the backgammon board)

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 12:47 PM

What a great Idea and use of space!

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