Here’s a great addition to game night. This handsome board features a veneered playing surface that flips up for storage below.
Outside of spending time in the shop, there’s nothing better than a game of chess with a friend or a couple rounds of checkers with the grandkids. This chessboard gives you the best of both worlds — a few interesting woodworking challenges, and a great excuse to play a few matches when you’re finished with the project. The unique feature of this chessboard is its go-anywhere design. The playing surface is actually a pair of lids that flip up to reveal a storage area for the game pieces. Magnetic catches hold the lids closed for travel. On the woodworking side, we'll show you how to create the veneered game board and the eye-catching box joints. Game on.
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- Metric (unavailable)
What You Get:
- 9 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- 50 full-color exploded views, photos and illustrations
- Detailed instructions cutting box joints
- Materials list and cutting diagram
- Retail sources for hardware and supplies
Note: After your purchase, you will receive an email containing a PDF attachment of your purchased plan, as well as instructions for logging in to download the plan and access any other associated files and videos, which will all be located on this page.
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.