Large Checkerboard Box

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Project by Roger Gaborski posted 05-12-2018 04:25 PM 1090 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Previously I had made a small checkerboard box with curved sides and cover. I recently received a commission to make a much larger box (15” x 9 1/2” x 8”) in a similar style. The larger box was a challenge to make, but I’m happy with the final results. Materials are black walnut and maple.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#1 posted 05-12-2018 05:00 PM

That is a very cool box, very attractive, the design possibilities are endless.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 05-12-2018 05:16 PM

Never stoped be amaized with your boxes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 05-12-2018 05:35 PM

Roger take a bow. That box is excellent. It pushes me to make one, and that is what any woodworker could want, to have people like the work so much they want to make what you did.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 05-12-2018 05:42 PM

Your mastery of 3D is always amazing. They should be thrilled with the result.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#5 posted 05-12-2018 06:19 PM

This is a beautiful box and so nicely done. I love the pattern and the box displays a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-13-2018 01:07 AM

Well done, an interesting shape. Is it all solid or partly veneered?

-- Madburg WA

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#7 posted 05-13-2018 01:30 AM

Great unique box, very nicely done.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 05-13-2018 02:41 AM

Love it, but what does it look like open? Does the lid just fit or are there hinges?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#9 posted 05-13-2018 03:11 AM

So nicely done!!!

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#10 posted 05-13-2018 11:35 AM

Thanks for your comments. The box is solid wood, no veneers. Also the cover is a lift off lid. The fourth picture shows the inside of the box. The bottom is the same checkerboard so it’s hard to tell you are looking inside.
I have pictures of the complete build. I will post them on my website once I catch up on some other work.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#11 posted 05-13-2018 05:19 PM

How do you get the checker to stay on those surfaces?
Really, that is some intricate work!
An eye catching project.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Roger Gaborski

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#12 posted 05-13-2018 08:52 PM

If you want to play checkers on the box just turn it over and play on the bottom- although the board is a little small 8×10?

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#13 posted 05-16-2018 03:37 PM

Very nice work

-- Vince

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#14 posted 05-17-2018 01:13 AM

Another very cool box, good job.
Do you have a picture with the lid off ?

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#15 posted 05-17-2018 01:28 AM

The fourth picture is actually the inside. If you look carefully you can see the edges of the box sides. The box looks pretty much the same from all positions. The last image is the bottom.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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