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Project by Pieter_hb posted 01-23-2019 02:19 PM 8750 views 11 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wall chessboard took me two years and about 150 hours to make after hours. The frame is Olive wood from South Africa, while the 64 x blocks consists out of different kinds of wood. Some of the blocks are even wood from fruit trees. I made a list of each blocks’s Scientific name, English name and Afrikaans name, which I laminated. I did everything with only a handsaw and sander, because I do not have professional equipment. The frame is also made out of different Olive wood pieces and the dividers where the chess set is standing on, I used perspex. The size of the board is 65cm x 65cm x 6cm and it is quite heavy. The chess set is a cheap plastic set I bought and spray painted afterwards. Because it is handmade, it contains lots of small errors, but maybe it gives it a little character to it. Hope you enjoy it too.





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swirt

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#1 posted 01-23-2019 02:30 PM

That looks amazing. Great hand work and a clever design too. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Pieter_hb

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#2 posted 01-23-2019 02:41 PM

Tx Swirt. I made the top part flat, because that is where I put the pieces that comes off the board while playing, if one wants to play of course…

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#3 posted 01-23-2019 04:46 PM

A totally unique and cool chess board,nice work.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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Pieter_hb

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#4 posted 01-23-2019 04:48 PM

Tx Jim, appreciate.

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Ivan

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#5 posted 01-23-2019 06:32 PM

Excellent concept and very well amde …so atractive. I’ve just got some olive wood too…trying to make something out of it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Pieter_hb

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#6 posted 01-23-2019 07:01 PM

Tx Majuvia. As you know yourself, Olive wood is from the same species as the more than 30 Ironwood species worldwide, thus a very hard wood. Hard to saw and sand but makes excellent finishes. Hope you make something nice out of it.

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Joe

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#7 posted 01-23-2019 07:27 PM

Great job, how you win all your games.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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Pieter_hb

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#8 posted 01-23-2019 08:08 PM

Tx Joe. Yes, now I can sit on my couch and study each position for a long time before I play…

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PaulDoug

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#9 posted 01-23-2019 09:40 PM

Whether a person plays or not, that is a beautiful well crafted piece. Beautiful woods used.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#10 posted 01-24-2019 01:30 AM

Nicely Done. Been wanting to make one of these for quite a while.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Pieter_hb

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#11 posted 01-24-2019 05:09 AM

Tx Clieb91, go for it.

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Pieter_hb

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#12 posted 01-24-2019 06:35 AM

Tx PaulDoug. Olive wood and Desert Wood is for me the two most beautiful woods out there.

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Markslawes

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#13 posted 01-24-2019 08:27 AM

Brilliant idea, really nice work.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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Pieter_hb

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#14 posted 01-24-2019 08:53 AM

Tx Markslawes. In the beginning I had to handsaw the wood stumps into rough planks and ended up with tennis elbow aches and pains in the evenings from all the sawing… I definitely need a power band saw, but on the other hand it keeps me fit…

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drbyte

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#15 posted 01-24-2019 01:35 PM

Wonderful job! Been planning on making one of these for a while now, but not quite that fancy!

-- Dennis, WV

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