Travel chess board

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Project by Asher posted 08-08-2007 03:59 AM 2357 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I builit this chess board after getting hooked on the game about a year ago. I wanted something portable and that would not take up alot of space. The top is walnut burl and birdseye maple for the squares and a curly mahogony border. The frame is mahogony with a walnut and curly maple inlay with walnut feather splines at the miters. I used butler tray hinges and inset four earth magnets and covered over them with 1/16 shop sawn veneer. The interier was lined with a brown suede material. I finished it with four coats of tung oil followed by seven coats of salad bowl finsh, hand rubbed and buffed with the beall buffing wheels. Hope you jocks enjoy it as much as I do.

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#1 posted 08-08-2007 04:02 AM

Wow. The board came out great. Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-08-2007 04:30 AM

I really like your choice of woods. It turned out really nice…. Great job..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 08-08-2007 01:23 PM

good job, great looking woods

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-08-2007 02:35 PM

Beautiful and precise work. Looks like it will provide for many years of enjoyable chess playing!

Thanks for explaining your construction details.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 08-08-2007 02:38 PM

Very nice! So, that is what it is suppose to look like.


-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 08-08-2007 07:34 PM

Very cool! Did you follow a plan or create it on your own?

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#7 posted 08-08-2007 08:02 PM

very cool… I think I’m repeating others comments – but if it fits, it fits!
Very cool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 08-09-2007 05:45 AM

Gorgeous… what an upscale travel set! now to turn pieces from matching woods ;)

good looking hardware, and nice way to hide the magnets too. Check mate!

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

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#9 posted 08-14-2007 09:51 PM

Sorry that it has taken so long for me to respond but I have been on vacation. Lboy to answer your question, no I did not follow any plan. I took ideas from a few boards I had seen and took my own ideas and wood colors & paterns and this is what I came up with. Scottb, the idea of turnning my own pieces from matching woods has always been in my mind it only has to wait for a lathe in my tool arsonal to be a reality.Oscorner I always knew great minds think alike. Is yours solid or veneer. God Bless!

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#10 posted 10-16-2007 08:31 PM

Wow, looks like the envy of the chess world. Great job!


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#11 posted 11-11-2007 05:27 AM

Pond to Queen four, nice board your move.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#12 posted 12-02-2007 07:00 PM

Nice. I like chess and it has been about 25 years since my last chess board but you have motivated me enough to think about starting some soon, probably after the first of the year.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 12-02-2007 10:27 PM

Great board.

-- 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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#14 posted 06-01-2008 06:22 AM

I don’t play the game , but I’d love to have this board on display here !! Great job : )

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

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#15 posted 08-08-2008 02:12 PM

WHOA!! That is sweeeeeeet! I don’t even play chess, but that’s fantastic. (Pssssst! Where do you get your birdseye??? Send me a message on my profile & let me know.)

Keep it up!! ;-D

-- Alex...builder of wooden wings for vintage sport biplanes...I'm your wingman :)

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