As anyone who has bought furniture from IKEA or K-Mart knows veneered particle board does not hold up well to impacts of any sort. The corners are particularly vulnerable, and in the case of this product, the packaging is not adequate to protect the corners. Mine showed up with corners that had slight damage and I am pretty sure yours will too.
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To give your chessboard a look, add a 2″ border around the outside. Rip a few strips of either your light or dark stock and miter them to fit around the board. Then drill a few dowel holes to help you keep the border aligned when you attach it to the chessboard. Glue the border strips in place and sand the completed project to #220-grit.
Just an update guys – I have had a bad experience with TheChessStore so far! The set arrived, and although the build quality is excellent (weights, felting, finishing), the set looks nothing like the eBay auction above I came to find out from TheChessStore that they switched manufacturers and that is the reason for the different look. I am waiting for a replacement set that supposedly closer matches the one I paid for.
For $100 you should be able to get a pretty kick-ass set. Look for “House of Staunton” sets sold on ebay, not directly through the HOS site. They are usually much discounted for some reason. (I personally think a lot of the deep discounted stuff on ebay — esp if its shipping out of NYC/northern jersey — to be swag but what do i know).
M.N. from TX writes, “The chess sets arrived today. WOW, I had heard that the House of Staunton chess sets were the best around and now I can see why! Both sets are absolutely beautiful. I know I’m going to enjoy the Zagreb set.”
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In Katwe, Uganda, two children sit restlessly on a bench, watching their peers play a game of football. Their coach, Robert Katende, spots their reticence, and offers them an alternative. “There is another game you can play.” he suggests. He refers to a board-game – chess. At first, the boys scoff at the suggestion – they’re not interested. That is until Katende describes an anecdote in which he defeated his more privileged peers at university.
We stock one of the biggest and best selections of chess boards for sale in the UK. We buy only from high quality suppliers based in Europe including Italfama and RECHAPADOS FERRER S.A. Our boards start at just £32.00 and stretch to over two hundred pounds for our supreme quality luxury lacquered boards. Unlike other retailers we stock a complete range of sizes of most of our boards. You can select the size you require at the time of ordering. It’s worth noting that none of our wooden chess boards are sourced from the far east where quality is as low as the prices. We only source them from approved European suppliers who guarantee us the best quality.
The House of Staunton has 2,000 chess books and Chess Magazines, in stock and ready to ship, including hundreds of rare and out-of-print chess books that aren’t available anywhere else! Shop for chess books today!
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