Chessboard with Drawer

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Project by Norton69 posted 06-23-2017 12:11 PM 12470 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chessboard built by a student in my woodshop class.

It is made of solid maple and walnut, and finished with wipe on poly.

These are some of the better ones, but ever student makes there own of varing design. The only thing that is constant is the grid in the middle. Everything else is up to them, including wether to include a drawer or not.

-- Norman, Canada, It is, what it is....

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 06-23-2017 12:21 PM

Very nice looking Chess Board Norman. I like this design and I like the drawer, it gives you a place to store the Chess pieces. Great project for your students. Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 06-23-2017 02:54 PM

Very nice looking Chess Board Norman. I like this design and I like the drawer, it gives you a place to store the Chess pieces. Great project for your students. Nice work!

- woodshaver Tony C


I really like your double candy machine. I think that would make a great school project. Is there a way I could get some plans for it? Glass jar is low cost. Lots of cutting without too much wood to keep costs down. Only problem might be the small pieces.

-- Norman, Canada, It is, what it is....

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#3 posted 06-23-2017 03:09 PM

Great job. I like the inlay border.

-- Evern49

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#4 posted 06-23-2017 05:10 PM

I made one much like it but without the beveled edge or the inlay border. I like yours better.

-- Stephen NYS

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#5 posted 06-23-2017 07:28 PM

Your student did some impressive work on this! It will definitely get handed down to future generations!

Are the walnut and maple squares veneered to plywood? If not, are you concerned about expansion/contraction?

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 06-23-2017 07:29 PM

This is a good looking chess board. You did a very nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 06-23-2017 08:58 PM

You student did an exceptional job on that chess cabinet. I must say his design for the chess pieces are very unique. A very well done job by both the student and the teacher.

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#8 posted 06-23-2017 09:06 PM

These are nice chessboards. Great to see how each student has their own design. This is a great project for them to make.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 06-24-2017 01:37 AM

Very Nice, job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 06-24-2017 07:57 AM

Great work, very creative on the players as well. great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 06-24-2017 01:22 PM

Outstanding, proffesional work. I like the simplicity of those chess figures.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 06-25-2017 10:49 PM

Nice Job Well Done. How long have these students been in class.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#13 posted 06-30-2017 07:06 AM

Beautiful work… thanks for sharing.

-- Life Member of: USA + NRA + USMC = Semper Fi to all three.

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#14 posted 01-31-2018 01:21 PM

I love the board and I’m planning on doing something similar. How do you account for wood expansion? One concern I have is jointing the corners of an edge piece (similar to what you have) but having them separate once the board expands/contracts with the changing of the seasons and relative moisture.

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#15 posted 01-05-2019 09:50 AM


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-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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