Recycled Maple Mahogany Poplar Chess board

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Project by JBOO27 posted 02-28-2013 01:29 PM 2588 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my father in law who is a chess fan for Christmas. It is made of 90% recycled materials. Thank goodness I found them all. Lol. The base of the board is from a broken mahogany desk. The board itself is all maple from book ends donated from a library. And the boarder is pressed maple and poplar that was the only part I bought. I just really wanted to accent the board. Then I painted a black acrylic stripe on the top of the boarder for some more aesthetic features.

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 01:41 PM

that is amazing!

-- Joel

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 01:53 PM

Turning discarded wood into a treasure makes this extra special! It’s Grand! Love it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 02:40 PM

Looks great. We need more photos!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 05:14 PM

Absolutely incredible! Would love to see some more detailed pictures of the individual pieces.

-- Jeff, Charleston SC

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 07:39 PM

Yes, close-ups of the pieces. Where did you get them?

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 08:07 PM

I will try and put some more pics up soon guys. Thanks for the feed back. This is the second chess board I have ever made.

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 08:33 PM

Everything I get is usually a donation or found thru Craigslist. Some people ya know, they just seem to throw things away cause they don’t know what to do with them. :)

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 10:01 PM

That is extremely eye popping and tremendous job! Very striking skills!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 10:09 PM

Fine looking chess board ,extra nice work.


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#10 posted 03-01-2013 05:08 AM

Nice work, well made. Did you make the pieces?

I am amazed at what wood gets throw away these days. More of my projects are made from such scraps, (smaller ones usually) but the cost involved to buy such pieces is enough to melt a credit card.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 03-01-2013 05:54 AM

Trash to Treasure :)

Good job!

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#12 posted 03-01-2013 07:54 AM


-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#13 posted 03-20-2013 04:40 PM

You do great work and by repurposing wood, you are doing a great deed. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#14 posted 01-14-2018 01:48 PM

This is an outstanding chess board and shows a lot of nice details and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 01-05-2019 09:46 AM


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