! Chessboard !

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Project by danielhoer posted 02-03-2017 05:46 AM 833 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am brand newly addicted to woodworking and actually got into it in a very roundabout way – a year ago, my fiance (now wife) shattered her foot rock climbing in Red Rocks, NV, and was confined to a punishing 8 weeks on her back while her shattered talus bone healed together with all the screws and hardware in place (apparently a very rare/risky type of bone fracture). Out of desperation for excitement we ended up picking up chess (lol). But it actually turned out to be awesome! I had no idea chess was so cool. She was so competitive that after each game she would carve the score into the side of our old chessboard. We were about even so it was pretty intense. Eventually I had to start studying chess theory in order to consistently beat her. ANYWAY, I decided to make this chessboard for her for Christmas. It is walnut and red oak. It cost so much %^*&(^ing money at Home Depot! Almost enough to make me want to buy a chainsaw and start milling lumber. I think it was nearly $50 for the wood.. pfffft.

Anyway, this board is quite sentimental because on Christmas Eve morning (last month), while I was in the garage ‘secretly’ sanding the board, she went into labor and at 4:25pm that day our (first and only) son was born. Like the bad father I am, as soon as we got home from the birthing center I was back in the garage with mineral oil and the sander, trying to get this thing done in time for Christmas. I ended up getting it all done in time (I still would like to use a rotor to make a smooth ‘handle’ groove in the bottom because of how heavy it is, and I need to clean up a few of the edges (I don’t own a tablesaw so I had to take these to someone else’s saw to cut them). The pieces are a gift we got from a real good friend at our wedding last year (they are amazingly carved – I definitely did NOT make them). But yeah I am happy with how it tunred out given that the only tools I owned at the time I made this were clamps and a sander. She thinks I have magical skills after seeing this but I just used the easy method of cutting strips, gluing, cutting strips again, etc. Anyway thanks to everyone who posts on here, I get so much inspiration and so many cool ideas and aspirations for the future. Cheers!

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#1 posted 02-03-2017 06:23 AM

Congratulations on the birth of your son. I bet he’ll be a skilled woodworker one day.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 02-03-2017 02:48 PM

Very nice! And yes Chess is an awesome game. I have some walnut boards, and waiting to find some maple to make a chess board also. Your project gives me hope I can pull it off.

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#3 posted 02-03-2017 11:32 PM

You did a very nice job on this chessboard.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 02-04-2017 01:02 AM

Thanks guys !

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#5 posted 02-04-2017 06:34 PM

congrats on successfully blending woodworking with your new family, it’s a skill on it’s own
great story and great chess board!

-- Greg Simon

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