Chess Board

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Project by sval229 posted 01-13-2022 07:24 PM 827 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this 2001 for my eldest. Just got it back for new dividers. Made from cherry, walnut, Birdseye maple, and poplar for the new dividers. (made a bit thicker this time so they will hold up better).
Basic plans came from Woodsmith Vol.22 #132 from Dec. 2000.
Didn’t use any veneer and I didn’t make the board from individual squares like they did. I glued up long alternating 3/8 X 1-3/4 wide strips and then crosscut 1-3/4 strips from the glue up. Flipped every second one 180 deg. when I reglued them to make the board. Only tricky part was chamfering 2 of the sides of the squares after glue up.
I must have done something right ‘cause it’s held up over 20 years.
The drawer is accessible from either side of the board.

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#1 posted 01-13-2022 10:25 PM

That is super nice and will be a family heirloom for generations.

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#2 posted 01-13-2022 10:26 PM

Wow! That’s a beauty. I really like the treatment on each square. I would have never thought of that.

I built one a coupe of years ago with the raised playing field and I really like that look.

Nicely done sir!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#4 posted 01-14-2022 02:01 AM

Beautiful chess board. I love the beveled squares and the draw. Fabulous job!

-- AJ

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#5 posted 01-14-2022 04:21 AM

20+ years and still a great chess board.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#6 posted 01-14-2022 06:22 PM

Very, Very nice!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 01-16-2022 03:25 PM

Nice job

-- What I make is for others....How I make it is for me.

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