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Project by Bob Gnann posted 02-06-2021 08:12 PM 796 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently had a request from my granddaughter to make a chess board for her boyfriend for Valentine’s day. Apparently chess is big with some teenagers (they both play) because of some show they stream. So I said sure but only if she helps. I cut all pieces (not the chessmen) and showed her how to layout the glueing pattern. Had her start gluing up the squares and she was hooked. She also did the sanding, staining, and finishing. Hopefully I’ve started something new that she’ll take further. Never miss an opportunity to influence your grand kids!
The base of the board was half inch cabinet grade plywood, the squares were half inch wenge and curly maple cut 1.5 inch square, and the outside border was white oak with a walnut trim

-- Bob Gnann. "Don't cloud the issue with facts.". Groucho Marx





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#1 posted 02-06-2021 11:17 PM

Very nice and she will never forget you labor of love.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 02-07-2021 02:44 AM

99% chance she was watching “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix. My wife and I just finished it and I am now making a chessboard… slowly

-- Woodworking Forever

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#3 posted 02-07-2021 02:44 AM

Thanks for your kindness. Passing on our knowledge is passing on our love. Great experience with my granddaughter that I won’t forget!

-- Bob Gnann. "Don't cloud the issue with facts.". Groucho Marx

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#4 posted 02-07-2021 02:52 AM

You’re right it was The Queens Gambit. A board made by hand makes a great family heirloom. Making it with a grandchild made it really special for me. She was so excited when I said it’s finished and now you have to sign your work. We signed it together . Priceless

-- Bob Gnann. "Don't cloud the issue with facts.". Groucho Marx

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#5 posted 02-07-2021 03:02 AM

Thanks for your kindness. Passing on our knowledge is passing on our love. Great experience with my granddaughter that I won’t forget!

-- Bob Gnann. "Don't cloud the issue with facts.". Groucho Marx

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#6 posted 02-07-2021 03:17 AM

Hint: on your base board layout your center line vertical and horizontal at exactly 90 degrees. Glue up the center squares first. I used two part epoxy. Be precise as possible . After you place the middle squares turn your board 90 degrees and adjust the squares to meet the center line again. Let the epoxy set 20 – 30 minutes. Then glue out north south east west using wood glue. If you’re center squares are aligned the others will fall in place.

-- Bob Gnann. "Don't cloud the issue with facts.". Groucho Marx

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#7 posted 02-07-2021 05:01 PM

A job very well done.

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#8 posted 02-07-2021 06:14 PM

An awesome opportunity to bond with your Granddaughter, and hopefully planted the seed that she may return, to make other “gifts”. That would be a win win.

Nice job on the board.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 02-08-2021 04:50 PM

You did great Grandpa, no better gift that a chess board. A life long game that teaches way beyond thinking skills. You will be remember with each game and your skill will be appreciated over and over. Thanks for sharing, Joe

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

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