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Wenge, Philippine Mahogany and Hackberry Chess Box

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This Chess Box is about 13" x 13" and 3 5/8" high on the outside. Inside it is 12 1/4" x 12 1/4" x 2". I made it using 612 pieces of wood cut in triangle shapes from different kinds of wood. Each square is 1 ½” and is made by using four triangles. This makes a design within each square and gives it a completely different look. The box is finished in its natural color with 5 or 6 coats of a clear wiping varnish, rubbed in by hand. The pieces are a bit over 3/16" thick, glued onto a Baltic Birch base, so they hold up much better than a thin veneer.

As you can see in pictures 3 and 4 wood does reflect light according to the way the grain runs.

The type of wood is listed on the bottom of the box from the center out. On this box the wood is “Wenge” from West Africa, “Philippine Mahogany” from the Philippines”, and “Hackberry” from Missouri.

I made this box in 1995. On the bottom I signed it, listed the wood, and dated it. After the date, the words “Foot Cut” let you know I made it on a foot powered table saw.

I lined the bottom of the box with black velveteen.

Go to my ”Shop Polices” and “Profile” page to see my return policy and other information. To see other chess boxes I’ve made, click on “Game Boards” or whatever gets your interest under “Sections in this shop”. The “Home” page itself can be rather confusing with everything mixed up. The “Sections in this shop” lets me show you all like items together as a unit.

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Wenge, Philippine Mahogany and Hackberry Chess Box


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, wenge, Philippine Mahogany, hackberry
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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