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Classic Chessboard

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.



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

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