I’ve seen a lot of people taking on new garden projects while socially distancing, but Dusanka Marusic sent in a project that is quite amazing and unique.
While socially distancing, catching up on garden projects has taken center stage. When I asked about how to make an outdoor chessboard, a friend suggested stone squares in grass. He had time to clear out his garage and found marble slabs that were never used. He cut them into 14½-inch squares and delivered them. Start to finish, the project did not take long.
The leftover marble slabs ready to be put to use.
Starting to lay out the chessboard.
With the chessboard all laid out, it’s time to start setting the marble squares in the ground.
Measure twice, cut once!
A pruning saw came in handy to cut out the squares of turf.
After cutting, I dug down to set the marble.
The board is finished!
Oversized chess pieces are ready to go.
Ready for a game!
The final result.
(Want to see the rest of Dusanka’s garden? We’ve featured it before: Hurricanes Can’t Stop This Garden)
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What a fun project and done so well. You certainly have a great and helpful neighbor and I'm sure he is hugely pleased with seeing the finished masterpiece. I hope the two of have a spirited and competitive game with lots of laughter and a celebratory drink of some kind at the beginning, middle and end!
What a conversation piece! Well done. Where did you find the large chess pieces. Bet your garden is the talk of the neighborhood.
On Amazon, so it was delivered!
What a wonderful project especially for parties.
Yes, and the lawn next to it is used for bocce. I’ll submit a party layout if we ever get back to normal. The croquette set doesn’t seem to get much use, sadly.
Great idea for a back yard! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks but let say I saw it first at an Open Day garden in CT sponsored by the Garden Conservancy and put it on my bucket list. Hope it can inspire more copies.
Makes playing chess a physical outdoors game instead of just a heady sedentary indoors game- love it!
It's garden sculpture!
How heavy are the chess pieces? Would they blow over in heavy wind? Really cool concept!
These are Hollow plastic. They were shipped in two parts that are screwed together . I added pebbles to base to help keep them stay stable in winds.
I have seen them made in heavier plastic, but that was 4x more expensive. I see wooded prices for sale as well.
What a fun and good looking project!
Awesome!!!!! Love it !!!!
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