Cocobolo Jumbo Chess Bishop

Jumbo chess pieces have so many uses - give your wife a queen, give your bishop a bishop, put your coworkers in their place by giving them pawns ;)...
Cocobolo is such a gorgeous wood. I love its deep colors and bright sheen.

Size: 2"x6". Order one today for $30.00

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Handmade Chessboard - Inlaid

This hardwood chess board is made from Maple and Walnut, and measures 20" square. The technique involves resawing solid wood to 1/8" thickness before making the board, so that wood movement doesn't break the board apart over time - beware of "solid" chessboards that aren't made this way - your corners won't hold up.

Other woods are available, and price varies. Suggested combinations include bloodwood and birdseye maple, purpleheart and yellowheart (pao amarello), kingwood and tulipwood, ebony and holly, or pick your own woods. Size can also be adjusted to fit the chess set you want to use, or order a chess set made from the same woods to match.

Price with walnut and maple as shown: $150.00

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Wood Candy Dispenser - Mason Jar and Pine

Mason-Jar gumball machines come in many shapes and sizes. This one is made from solid pine, and hand-turned to set it apart from other designs. A hidden catch keeps the mechanism from coming out - just push it in and pull it out for another piece of candy - no coin required (your kids will like that part. In fact, this little project is one my kids don't want me to sell - they want it for themselves. Don't worry, though, I will make more...)

Choose your finish, or choose maple or walnut or other hardwoods if you want to make it fancy. A perfect gift for Mom's rustic decor, or dad's desk at work.

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Price does not include jar - special shipping for glass makes it cheaper for you to buy a box of 12 at your nearest grocery store. I can add it if you want, just let me know. By clicking on "Order Now," buyer agrees to these terms.

Oak Penny Hockey Board

One of my best selling toys is the Penny Hockey Board, or Penny Soccer Board, which is the same thing but painted differently. This is an old-school toy that many of us made as youths, perhaps in middle school woodshop, and the toy I sell is the same thing - simple construction, hardboard and pine, made for fun and play. I had a customer who wanted something more high quality, and asked if I could make one from Oak. Well, why make one when you can make TWO... The picture above shows the result.

The corners are mitered, and keyed with purpleheart in this case, though any contrasting wood would do. The project is stained (natural oil in this case) and finished with shellac for a high-gloss finish that can be easily touched up. It's sturdy, strong, and heirloom quality. SO of course it costs a little more than the less expensive boards. Size 12"x16", price $100 finished, $70 unfinished.

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Wood Shield

A Knight wihthout a shield?!?! Never! A sword alone won't block the enemy's darts or the dragon's fire. These toy shields are approximately 12"x16", and are curved like the real thing. Created from sturdy woods, designed to take a beating from toy swords and come off none-the-worse for wear. Plus, if you're so inclined, you can decorate the shield with the coat of arms of your choice.

A simple, classic toy - kids have loved wood shields and swords ever since there were kids. These wood shields are gently curved in profile, to look like the real thing. Solid construction with screws and glue, they're meant to take the abuse of being hit with toy swords and come off none the worse for wear.

Order unfinished as pictured, or stained and sealed. For a special touch, email me a coat of arms and I'll burn it into the face - all by hand of course - for a one-of-a-kind toy - price for woodburning to be determined on a case-by-case basis.


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