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Project by English posted 06-26-2019 02:13 PM 739 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This board is made from Walnut, Curly Maple, with a inter border ring of Padauk. On the face side of the board there is a inlay strip of Curly Maple, inlay-ed into the walnut border. The board is hinged with four barrel hinges to make it easier to store. The squares are 2.45” square.

The chess pieces are Walnut and soft Maple, with 1.825” bases. The kings are 5” tall. Each were turned on my Grizzly lathe. The knights had the bases turned on the lathe and the tops cut out on the bandsaw and hand sanded to 600 grit. Each chess piece is weighted with 6 pennies to keep them from moving, as much, when the board is bumped.

The case is made from Walnut and Curly Maple. The internal frame is made of Maple and covered with glued on Red felt.

A few more pictures:



-- John, Suffolk Virgina





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oldrivers

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#1 posted 06-26-2019 03:25 PM

Super build, Beautiful Board and case. Great workmanship and finish (What finish did you use?)

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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English

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#2 posted 06-26-2019 03:34 PM



Super build, Beautiful Board and case. Great workmanship and finish (What finish did you use?)

- oldrivers


Thanks, The Pieces have 5 coats of Danish oil, The board has 5 coats of wipe on poly.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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PaulDoug

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#3 posted 06-26-2019 04:21 PM

very well done!

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

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#4 posted 06-26-2019 04:36 PM

Absolutely fantastic!

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#5 posted 06-26-2019 04:42 PM

Excellent workmanship

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woodthaticould

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#6 posted 06-26-2019 05:27 PM

Well designed and made. And remember, always take the gambit pawn.

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 06-27-2019 11:22 AM

Wow… really a beautiful set.

Making one (or two) is on my bucket list.

Any details of turning the rooks, knight and king?

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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English

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#8 posted 06-27-2019 01:31 PM


Wow… really a beautiful set.

Making one (or two) is on my bucket list.

Any details of turning the rooks, knight and king?

- Mainiac Matt

I followed the instruction videos from James Wegner on YouTube. He has a series of Videos that detail how to make a chuck insert to to mount the pieces after the base end has been turned to allow you to turn the other end without chuck damage to the base end. He has a video on each piece, his video on the pawns explains the chuck insert. here’s a link to that video…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkUebt6lGNc&t=42s

I did make a jig for cutting the notches in the rooks that was not on James video. I took a piece of plywood 6×6 ” and drilled a hole in it that matched the diameter of the rook top. I made it very snug. then pushed the rook in until it was flush with the bottom of the hole. Lined up the center of the rook between the fence and blade on my table saw and set the blade height at 3/16” then cut the grove. Rotate the rook in the jig 90 degrees and cut again, then rotate back to half of the first cut and so on until the top is cut all the way around. You pre-drill the top of the rook on the lathe with a forstner bit to 1/4” deep.

The knights have there bases turned on the lathe, then I took a pattern for a knight outline and glued it on two adjacent sides and cut it out on the bandsaw, then hand sanded from there.

The tops of the queen are sanded with a Dremel tool sanding drum.

James shows a good way to make the cross on the king in his King video.

I hope this helps, I enjoyed every minute of my build and am very proud of the finished product.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 06-28-2019 05:46 AM

Neat ”pommy!!! The “boxed” configuration is a cut above the rest… Personally, I flock, but that felt… feels (no pun) good.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Ivan

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#10 posted 06-28-2019 01:13 PM

Extraordinary board , as well as pieces.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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AJ1104

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#11 posted 09-18-2019 11:57 AM

It’s is a tremendous project overall. I love all pieces especially the case. Great job!

-- AJ

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