Chess Board: Project Info
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Have you ever wanted to make a chess board for your own use, or as a gift? Making a chess board trains you in various aspects of accurately dimensioning stock, geometric arrangement and exacting joinery. This includes many interesting extra details and a high level of finish.
The tools you will need are:
- Combination gauge or marking gauge
- *Cutting gauge
- Tape/Ruler (or both)
- *Micrometer (optional but very useful)
- Sliding bevel
- Chisel hammer
- Chisels (1″ & 1/4” for spline)
- Smoothing plane (No 4)
- Plough Plane
- Tenon saw
- No 80 Cabinet Scraper
- Card scraper
- Hand drill/drill driver
- Small steel hammer
* = optional
- Mitre (with optional hand-cut dovetailed spline)
Oh I am so looking forward to this project. My Grandson loves playing chess and I have all way’s wanted to learn. Looks like a fun project and can’t wait for next Wednesday to come.
I am so looking forward to this project and plan on building one for my son and I to use. Thank you for all you offer us Paul.
I used to pay chess with my dad growing up in Zacatecas and would love to make one for him. Looking forward to this project and making a dovetail spline.
Good idea, I love chess.
I’ve been wanting to make one of these since before I became a woodworker.
What an exciting project, can’t wait!!
This looks great, I am officially the worlds worst chess player so what better an excuse to try to improve.
Great project! I love all the little details that will make this a really special piece like the dovetail spline. Look forward to seeing how this will all be done. I plan to make one as I know it is designed so that the skills learned with translate into other projects. Starting to gather my wood now. Thanks!
One of my most treasured possessions is a chess board that my father built for me over 40 years ago. Dad built the board and Mom made the chess pieces. It was/is a stunning piece of work by my parents who are gone now. I encourage anyone who has a desire to leave something to treasure …. build this board with Paul for someone you love.
I was never a very good Chess Player but the project looks like a good one and I do know someone who would love to have on of these… But that’s why I make most of my projects, to give them away. This looks like a fun one. I’ll be patiently waiting till Wednesday
I will love to make this one Paul. I have several chess-playing relatives and it will make ideal presents.
I love this project. I already have the stock but was wondering about movement. Everything looks like a real tight fit. Are there any chances the squares will crack with no room to move?
Just a beginners silly question.
As always, thanks!
Hi T eam Sellers,
I’m one of the people who requested the chess board project, a long time ago. After watching how Paul made the board, I very quickly realized it was beyond my ability at the time. Might still be. But I’m at the point that I want to give it a try now.
I saw on another website, yes they do exist, a guy who built a board and showed it a year later with one corner blown out from the pieces expanding.
So, I have a question for you. Has your board had any problems? I’ve had two minor projects that did have bad results. Both took over 4 years to show up, but none the less, I had contraction on two projects, keepsake boxs, where the top pulled back some. I had moved from the beach inland 30 miles and a few months later, boom.
So, should I be aware of anything here for the chess board? I’m finding out wood has the strength of superman when it wants to move.
Thank you for getting in touch, I passed on your question to Paul and his answer is below:
This is a good question. This would be a common problem when people cut solid wood to make up a chess board. Chess boards don’t lend themselves to solid wood construction because the wood expands and contracts at a different rate. In my case, I made veneers to form a panel which are constrained and don’t expand and contract because the substrate prevents it.
I love hand made chess boards. I think that you should make a video on making chess pieces.