Latest Chess Board for customer. Walnut and Curly Maple

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Project by Mark Miller posted 11-08-2018 06:45 PM 3067 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This latest chess board turned out really nice. The curls in the maple are amazing to see in person, as the camera just doesn’t capture it right. Walnut and Maple are the only woods used.

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#1 posted 11-08-2018 11:07 PM

Beautiful Board, great workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 11-08-2018 11:30 PM

Wonderful job on the board Mark!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 11-08-2018 11:34 PM

Very nice.

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#4 posted 11-08-2018 11:53 PM

Wow, this is incredibly nicely done. Beautiful board indeed!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#5 posted 11-09-2018 12:11 PM

Its a great looking board. The tiger maple is such a beautiful feature, I’m certain to be checkmated by distraction.

-- Once the dust settles, breath and behold the beauty of the wood.

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#6 posted 11-09-2018 06:08 PM

Gorgeous! The figure and finish is amazing.
I’ve heard of wood movement being a problem on solid wood checker/chess boards. Did you have to do anything to accommodate for it, or will it be negligible for the size of the pieces? I see you’ve done a few, so I figure you’ve got a pretty good idea of what will happen. I’m curious, because I’ve heard of it, but never made a board or seen a problem myself.

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#7 posted 11-09-2018 07:27 PM

Beautiful work Mark.
Great pictures showing the grain. What finish do you use?

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#8 posted 11-09-2018 07:37 PM

Glen – my chess boards are made to account for wood movement by simply have a 2 tier system. the top board surface is attached to the outer frame using z clips, similar to how you attach a table top to the skirts.

Keith – when I use curly maple I like to use dewaxed shellac to really make the chatoancy show better, then I finished with a minwax spray laquer

thanks to all for the kind words :)

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#9 posted 11-09-2018 09:45 PM

Thanks Mark – that’s a cool solution!

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#10 posted 11-09-2018 10:24 PM

Thanks Mark,
I am going to give that a try. I have been using pre-catalyzed lacquer without anything under it and feel it could use a little help to bring out the grain.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#11 posted 11-10-2018 11:26 AM

Awesome clean lines…realy beautiful design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 11-10-2018 11:38 AM

Nice work indeed. Do you make the pieces also? If so would like to see photos of them.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#13 posted 01-05-2019 09:36 AM

You will watch video, leave a response to my friend…..

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

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#14 posted 02-18-2021 01:46 AM

Mark, really like the board and the finish, it is beautiful! I am a rookie and just beginning to build my first chess board with similar wood (Maple and Walnut). What did you put underneath the board to build the border (plywood)?? Did you glue the border then to whatever the base was made of? Thanks so much

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