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Project by grizzman posted 12-08-2013 01:30 AM 4386 views 7 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is one more chess board to add to my gallery, and its my last one to make, this one is made from walnut and ambrosia maple, this also was made for a client, this will be my last chess board, as there is just to much sanding involved and my right shoulder is not taking it well anymore, i was hoping to make a little extra income from making chess boards, but its not to be, the finish on this board is danish oil and a coat of bri wax, thank you for taking the time to look. grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 01:35 AM

Beautiful board. Sorry about your shoulder. Getting older is a bummer – but beats the alternative.

-- Dave K.

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 01:35 AM

Grizz that is a very nice chess board
Have you thought about a drum sander?


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#3 posted 12-08-2013 01:35 AM

WOW! That is really beautiful. I hope you are able to recap enough to cover the labor as well as materials involved. That’s really a prize for someone if they plenty of chess or checkers.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-08-2013 01:43 AM

Great looking chess board, Grizz! Maybe you could get your wife to do the sanding for you. :-)

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

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 01:44 AM

Great looking board, Grizz…love the feet as well : )
Happy Holidays !

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 01:49 AM

That’s beautiful Grizz. You have consistent dark walnut against the almost white ambrosia maple and it makes for great contrast. Design-wise, I like the maple line running to the end on two parallel sides. If you did it on all four sides I don’t think it would work as well. Nicely done.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 12-08-2013 01:53 AM

Nice board Bob. I always say last piece after a difficile piece but end up making another one after a while especially when new ideas to add on come into play. Take care of your shoulder. There are simple exercise you can do with a latex band to strengthen it. Merry Christmas.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#8 posted 12-08-2013 01:54 AM

Outstanding looking board. Maybe an investment in a drum sander is a good idea, if there is enough profit in making them. It looks great.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 12-08-2013 01:57 AM

Hey Bob…
Most certainly a super dooper chess board….
Were you using a random orbit sander or hand sanding?

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#10 posted 12-08-2013 02:08 AM

A truly beautiful piece. Love the contrast of the woods used. That sanding is a pain and hope you can find a solution to it, as you do make great boards. Keep on keepin’ on !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 12-08-2013 02:09 AM

Nice board … but I’m confused you hand what now? Skip the random orbitals they just leave a bunch of swirll-ee’s … get one of the newer 1/3 or 1/2 sheet inlines it’ll do the job for you in now time. Then just do the last step with a scraper if you really wanna burnish the surface.

Effort sucks – let the machines and the chemicals do the work! Just operate and apply them!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#12 posted 12-08-2013 02:25 AM

What a beautiful board! I really like the feet and the line detail on the perimeter.

Also, maybe you should check into Charlies’ idea. It might work!!

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#13 posted 12-08-2013 02:32 AM

I like your choice of woods. I purchased a larger sander on Harbor freight. not as expensive as a Makita made from magnesium alloy and all you have to do is move it around the surface? Med strength ibuprophen time?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 12-08-2013 02:35 AM

Beautiful board, great work.

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#15 posted 12-08-2013 03:08 AM

Grizz, that is one professional chess board! Mighty fine job you did on it!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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