When I was in my early 20's I turned several steel chess sets on a lathe in my Dad's shop. In the spring of 2011, I buffed up the chess sets and refinished them in enamel, then made a new chess board with storage case for each set. I gave these as graduation presents to my my two sons who each each graduated from college. This is the set for O'Neill.
The board is made of Maple and Walnut veneers. The case is made from an Ash tree from the yard where I grew up in rural Grand Forks, North Dakota. The drawer fronts and the bottom trim are Walnut, and the top border is Maple and Walnut. I made the handles from brass stock.
Each set can reside in it's own compartmentalized drawer.
As I mentioned at the top of the page-I gave these as graduation presents to my my two sons who each each graduated from college. This is the set I made for Spencer.
The chess board is Maple and Sapele veneers over Baltic Birch plywood.The frame is maple and sapele with applied brass corners. The case is Maple for the sides, and Walnut for the bottom molding.