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The Chess Board Solution   Leave a comment

As I contemplated what I needed to build for our fall events, it should surprise no one that chess boards are on the list.

High on the list.

After all, it’s my # 1 most requested item. It’s a wonder I don’t make more of them … and that begged the question. Exactly how many chess boards have I made?

The easy answer: not enough.

The complete answer is I’m averaging about 5 chess boards each year. No wonder people are clamoring for more: I’m just not making enough.

In an effort to fix that problem, I’ve (finally) completed 8 chess boards for our December events. I’ve never had this many chess boards before!

All of these chess boards are unique: it’s what I do. They have a contrasting wooden keyline surrounding the tournament-quality 2″ playing squares.

Rubber feet complete the chess boards. All that’s missing, of course, are the playing pieces, and those will be supplied by the new owners of these boards.

Your Move   Leave a comment

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with chess since SJ kicked my butt in the 6th grade. I’ve never been a student of the game, but I have learned enough to make tournament-quality chess boards.

Good thing, since it’s my # 1 most requested item. To my chagrin.

However, I’ve battled my demons, worked though my shop chaos, and have now brought these boards to the finish line.

Each of these 5 boards has the playing surface mounted proud of the frame.

Because that’s how a chess board should be, I believe. Proud.

Each of the 5 are different, of course, because too much repetition doesn’t make for a good game.

One is a commissioned piece, but when the buyer saw this collection, he bought 2 more. The remaining 2 will be at this weekend’s KHTS Home & Garden Show at Central Park in Santa Clarita. We’ll be in the front of the “KHTS Marketplace; their section for vendors with handmade goods. It’s right by the free tree giveaway in honor of Arbor Day, sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita. This event is our only Spring Fling in Santa Clarita – for updated event listings, just click on the menu link for “Mr & Mrs M’s Upcoming Events.” Hope to see you at one of these events.

It’s your move.

Chess Boards, At Long Last   Leave a comment

Mr-Ms-Logo---LargeIt’s been my # 1 request for quite some time, and I’ve finally gotten the first batch of chess boards out of the shop. It took a while.

Each of the boards are made with 2″ squares and a 1″ contrasting border surrounding the playing area. The border is 1″ thick, and does have non-marring rubber feet underneath to ensure a steady surface for the games.

Finish is mineral oil with a top coat of locally-harvested beeswax mixed with mineral oil. Yes, that’s the same finish as my cutting boards, and there is no real reason that these chess boards should be food ready … the oil finishes the woods in a natural coating that’s easily refreshed, so I stuck with the same procedure as the 30+ food-grade boards I was finishing in the garage woodshop at the same time.

I am not selling chess pieces currently, though Mrs. M is already in my ear about that. If you happen to know a carver or a turner that wants to make some great chess pieces for me, I’m interested!

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