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Project by drogsod posted 10-26-2021 04:01 PM 982 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 7 year old twin grandsons have learned to play chess. They have been playing on a chess board that I made for their dad around 30 years ago. They asked me if I would make them their own chessboards so of course I jumped at the chance.
The playing surface squares are made from walnut and poplar.
The rest of the box and drawers are made from walnut. The top and the raised areas of the sides and drawer fronts are veneered with Karelian Birch. I also added an inlay strip for accent
I finished the playing surface squares with spray on polycrylic. I wanted to use a finish that would keep the light squares as light as possible without yellowing.
The rest of the chessboard is finished using Sam Malloof poly/oil and poly/wax finishes.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-26-2021 04:48 PM

Great work and a great gift for the grandson’s Soon each may want their own so plan another.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 10-26-2021 04:52 PM

Great work and a great gift for the grandson s Soon each may want their own so plan another.

- 987Ron

Thanks for the comment. Actually, they do each get their own. I made two of these

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#3 posted 10-26-2021 05:21 PM

that is one beautiful chess board.those will handed down to their grand lids someday.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 10-26-2021 06:07 PM

Very nice! My 7-year-old twins lose things all the time. I would have to have spare chess pieces. But the drawers with dividers have got to help a lot.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#5 posted 10-26-2021 06:39 PM

wow, the subtle detail of the chamfers on all the playing squares adds so much

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#6 posted 10-26-2021 06:49 PM

That is beautiful and superb craftsmanship… Will be family heirlooms…

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

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#7 posted 10-26-2021 07:40 PM

Master craftsmanship on display!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#8 posted 10-26-2021 08:20 PM

That’s beautiful! Your grandsons should be very pleased.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 10-26-2021 08:56 PM

What a beautiful chess board and the clever storage of the pieces in the drawers is superb.
A family heirloom for sure.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 10-27-2021 12:11 AM

Very nice! The detail of the chamfers on the playing squares is very nice.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#11 posted 10-27-2021 12:44 AM

Great job, looks amazing. I second the chamfers on the squares being unique one of the first things that caught my eye.

Might buy a second set of playing pieces, my 10 to 14 yo g kids loose stuff all the time.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#12 posted 10-27-2021 06:35 AM

This is so beautiful! Well done!


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#13 posted 10-27-2021 07:25 AM

Gorgeous chess board. Love the inlay and raised squares.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#14 posted 10-27-2021 10:21 AM

Beautiful. The black queen is misplaced.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#15 posted 10-27-2021 11:40 AM

Beautiful. The black queen is misplaced.

- MrLaughingbrook

Thanks. Good catch on the black queen. Guess it shows I haven’t played chess myself for a while.

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