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Project by recycle1943 posted 01-07-2019 04:51 PM 1418 views 4 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just about a year ago I had an issue with a vendor that had done work for me. It was a large corporation and I was totally unhappy with the results provided to me. When I feel I’m in the right with a legimate complaint I start calling them until I get the right person that can resolve the issue and let it be known that I’m not always 100% right. You would have never guessed that would you ?
Anyway, the company sent a supervisor and another person ( I guessing they wanted a witness to our meeting ) and we had a very constructive and civil conversation with me being 80% right (teehee) During our walk about the super brought up the fact that I had saw dust all over me. That of course led to my wood shop and him looking at some of my items. A bowl and cheese slicer just seemed to jump into his hands and he couldn’t put them down. Well, I priced them to him and “will you take a check ? ” was his response.
The deal was settled with him leaving with a couple of my items and me with a resolutuion to our issue. About a week later the same guy called me and asked if I ever made chess boards. NO, and I don’t really care to. He explained he had a son in one of our armed forces and was always deployed. During the deployment they kept in touch with one of those web social media things ( maybe facetime ? ) and played chess. He kept on by saying that the son had a birthday coming in February and would like to have matching chessboards that were unlike anything that anybody else had.
I decided that purple heart and sasafrass would be out of everybodys thought process for a chess board and emailed him pictures of the lumber. He said that would be great. THEN he asked if I could make the board in such a manner that it could have a drawer for the pieces ???
Well, back to the drawing board ( in my case it’s usually a piece of scrap paper and pencil ) and I told him yes but not at the original price quoted.
That’s fine was his response. He picked out the chess pieces on Amazon, I bought them and they arrived today. Just in time to watch the final touch up finish drying.
I should mention that the botom is walnut with maple inserts let in with a dado blade. The drawer and carcus bottoms are hardboard with walnut veneer on the face and a pine on the underside. I decided on the hardboard hoping it wouldn’t move too much with climatic changes.
The only thing left is that I hope he’s as happy with the boards as I am with the results of my labor.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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#1 posted 01-07-2019 05:09 PM

looks great!!

-- marshall peterson, north carolina

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#2 posted 01-07-2019 05:17 PM

amazing work,buddy

-- bambi

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#3 posted 01-07-2019 05:20 PM

I’m not sure what I like more, the great colors of the chessboard or the drawer you incorporated.
Classy design!

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 01-07-2019 05:46 PM

Marshall, Bambi, Tom —Thanks guys I had a lot of fun making these

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 01-07-2019 06:43 PM

Fantastic looking chess set, you did a great job and the color matching is perfect for a one of a kind heirloom.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 01-07-2019 07:10 PM

Beautiful job on this. Beyond the excellent craftsmanship, I’m sure it is equally rewarding to know you are helping a father and son stay connected. Thanks for sharing your project and your story.

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#7 posted 01-07-2019 07:43 PM

Really great workmanship on this. Nice tight joinery and a beautifully accurate glue up on the boad. Nicely Done!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 01-07-2019 07:44 PM



Fantastic looking chess set, you did a great job and the color matching is perfect for a one of a kind heirloom.

- Oldtool

Thanks – some day I’ll learn how to take good pictures

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 01-07-2019 07:46 PM



Beautiful job on this. Beyond the excellent craftsmanship, I m sure it is equally rewarding to know you are helping a father and son stay connected. Thanks for sharing your project and your story.

- TWegs

Thanks for the kind words
Yeah, I didn’t want to make them til he told me about his son in the militay, I guess everybody has a soft spot, just hafta find it.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 01-07-2019 07:48 PM



Really great workmanship on this. Nice tight joinery and a beautifully accurate glue up on the boad. Nicely Done!

- Jerry


Thanks Jerry, I’ve never done a chess or checker board just because of the critical glue ups, I guess I got lucky

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 01-07-2019 08:07 PM

Excellent design and manufacture, Dick!!!

Cheers, JIm

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 01-07-2019 08:45 PM

Thanks Jim

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#13 posted 01-07-2019 11:09 PM

Wow, this is beautiful! What a great story, too. Yeah, sometimes a little ‘soft spot’ motivation is all it takes. Love the drawer and it all looks just perfect. Excellent work!!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#14 posted 01-07-2019 11:54 PM

Superb workmanship and story.
I love how the draw fits into its miter front when closed. Sensational chess board.
I must say the pieces aren,t quite up to the style character and quality of the board.
Maybe your client underestimated how superb the board would be when he was choosing the pieces.
Have a good day.
Regards
Anthony

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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recycle1943

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#15 posted 01-08-2019 12:09 AM

Kim – Thank you
Anthony – you are too kind, thank you

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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