Chess Board Large Squares

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Project by Indiana_Parrothead posted 11-11-2009 07:45 PM 4015 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chess board was completed about a year ago. I had it in a local coffee shop for about a year but it never sold. So I decided to get it back and list it on Ebay, maybe I will have better luck there. here are the specifics:

This is a handcrafted chess board made from domestic and exotic woods. The squares are 2 7/8” and the over all size of the board is 28”. I have been doing wood working for over 25 years, but I am not a photographer, so the pictures do not do this board justice.

The squares are made from Redwood Burl and Curly Maple, and are solid not veneer. The wood that divides the squares is Bloodwood. The frame around the board is Macacaubu and the inlay on the frame is Paduak and Holly.

The feet are made from Curley Maple. The “keys” on the corners of the feet are Bloodwood.

The finish is 7 coats of Danish oil that is “wet sanded” between coats with progressivly finer grits of sandpaper upto 1200 grit. It is then buffed with tripolli and white diamond and finally carnuba wax.

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 08:05 PM

Quite elegant. I love the borders between the squares.

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

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#2 posted 11-12-2009 07:23 AM

First of all, thanks a lot for posting, this is a very inspiring work

One question I would like to ask you ans sorry in advance if it’s an obvious one : since your board is soldi wood, should you be concerned about wood movement ?
I understand you glued all the pieces including the sepraration strip together but is the center “panel” floating in the frame around ?

Thanks in advance

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#3 posted 11-12-2009 07:25 AM

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#4 posted 11-12-2009 02:23 PM

Yes, the center panel does float. The frame is glued up on the corners and it has a lip on the bottom that the center panel set on. Then the panel is glued only in the center of each side of the frame. I did originaly have thoughts about wood movement but I have some boards that are 10 years old now and have not had a problem.

I always start with wood that has normallized to the enviroment, usually the MC is around 9-11% and I always try and use kiln dried woods.

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 10:28 AM

I have a keen interest in chessboards, and one day shaping a surfboard out of koa. I tried looking for your large square chessboard on ebay. Is it still for sale?

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