Firefighter Chess Board

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Project by handplane posted 11-03-2007 08:08 PM 5417 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chessboard I made as a gift for a friend who is a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

The board is made of quilted maple and claro walnut. The frame is made of bloodwood. The finish is shellac with a lacquer topcoat.

-- - Scott "handplane"

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#1 posted 11-03-2007 10:52 PM

Lovely board – I especially like the chess pieces – wonderful idea and gift

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#2 posted 11-04-2007 12:04 AM

Now that is a beautiful board. Nice work!

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

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#3 posted 11-04-2007 02:42 AM

Sweet quilt on that Maple. Very nice.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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#4 posted 11-04-2007 11:08 PM

That is fantastic! The quilts in the maple just have so much depth and the stark contrast of the dark straight grained wood right next to it makes the maple jump out even more. That board is too beautiful to ruin with chess pieces! i think I am stealing this idea and material selection!


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#5 posted 02-01-2008 02:51 AM

I really like this board. I love the contrast. I also love the quilted maple. Very Awesome!!!!

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 02:59 AM

This is a great set. The board is beautiful anfd functional. I love the pieces. I make chess set on my lathe, and this set is worthy of anyone’s collection.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#7 posted 02-12-2008 08:24 PM

Handplane, what kind of finish did you apply and how high a grit did you sand to?

-- Mike, Airdrie Alberta

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#8 posted 02-12-2008 08:26 PM

I missed this one! That is a great looking board. I love the quilted maple.
The chess pieces are cool also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 02-12-2008 11:40 PM

What a great gift for a smoke-eater.

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#10 posted 02-13-2008 01:02 AM

cool pieces, GORGEOUS board

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

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#11 posted 02-15-2008 02:16 AM


It (the board that is) was sanded to about 300 grit and finished with Deft high gloss spray lacquer in an aerosol can. The frame was sprayed with satin finish aerosol lacquer with the board itself masked off. I am now the owner of an HVLP sprayer so I’m switching to waterbased finishes and hopefully going to become proficient with those.

-- - Scott "handplane"

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#12 posted 05-20-2008 10:57 PM

So, Handplane… Did I ever tell you that I’m a volunteer firefighter and EMT?

My hat’s off to you!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#13 posted 08-15-2008 10:02 AM

Looks awesome

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#14 posted 03-22-2009 03:39 AM

nice board like the maple…

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