Giving myself a chess gift

Guest post written by Nate Gregory

I’ve loved playing chess for so long now. I started playing it with my grandfather when I was really young and he would even let me beat him. But then I got good enough to where I started playing a whole lot better and could actually give him a run for his money. Well, I’ve continued to play chess for fun for the rest of my life and I thought that maybe now since I’m an adult with a real job, I should probably graduate from the plastic and cardboard set that I got for a couple of bucks at Walmart.

So I went online to try and find some nicer chess sets for myself. As I was looking through all of the different chess blogs, I ran across the site After I looked through it for a little bit I decided to sign up for one of the internet packages that I saw on there.

I found some directions for this really cool DIY chess set. I think I may just make that instead of buying myself a really nice set.


Thanks for the post from Rashad Townsend

In high school, my dad taught me how to stain and varnish the back deck. Ever since that afternoon, I’ve had a passion for refinishing wood furniture and that’s the line of business I’m in today. I love working with wood and creating something beautiful with my hands, so this profession is right up my alley. I have a lot of talent, so I’m told, and I get great joy from what I do. I do a lot of furniture shows and work with some art galleries in the area to sell my pieces as they’re all relatively high end, so it’s important that I check my email often so as not to miss an opportunity. I recently got wireless in my shop from and it’s been really helpful since I can take it anywhere on the property and not lose signal. The best part of my job is that I get to set my own hours and hang out with my dog all day while doing something I love to do. What more could I possibly ask for?