Black Lacquered Chess Table

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Blog entry by Alan Young posted 06-23-2008 05:27 PM 1722 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Dad will turn 80 this fall. I have been working on a project for his birthday. The entire project is a chess set, board and table. This is a tough project to photograph. I’ll be taking it to a site later this week that will offer better lighting conditions and back ground. But for now here are some pictures.

The Table is Poplar-The finish is flat black enamel with Black Lacquer. The corner pediments are all brass-except the top sphere-which is a maple wood ball with Gold enamel and Clear Lacquer.

I turned the chess pieces from aluminum. The board is maple and walnut.

The bases for the nights are actually-cold rolled steel. I cut the aluminum horse profiles on a bandsaw then finished the look with files and punches…

I had hoped to make one set from Aluminum and one from Brass- the brass costs were just too far from my budget. So I made both sets from aluminum and finished them in enamel..The dark set was sprayed flat black first then “dusted” with the gold….I like the bronze tone that resulted…..Thanks for looking….

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#1 posted 06-23-2008 05:36 PM

Exquisite! Your dad should love it.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#2 posted 06-23-2008 06:25 PM

What a fantastic gift.

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#3 posted 06-23-2008 07:02 PM

BEAUTIFUL can’t wait to see more pictures!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 06-23-2008 07:54 PM

Greg Wurst beat me to it – Exquisite! Superb craftsmanship and finely detailed.

A most excellent job!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 06-23-2008 08:06 PM

Wow! What word can I use to descibe this? Mmmm… exquisite! that’s it! Very nice, I especially like the chessmen, ‘er, chesspersons, ah, chess pieces… :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#6 posted 06-23-2008 08:25 PM

Great combo. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 06-23-2008 11:35 PM

This is one of the finest sets I have seen. Your father will treasure it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 06-24-2008 03:59 AM

Wow! That is a gorgeous chess set. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 06-24-2008 05:29 AM

I like it. Now let them do battle ;)

-- Scott - Chico California

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#10 posted 06-24-2008 06:05 AM

If these pics don’t do it justice I’d like to see the new ones! What a beautiful project. Great job! Your Dad will love it.

-- He who hesitates is lost...

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#11 posted 06-24-2008 06:09 AM

Very nice!

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#12 posted 06-24-2008 10:01 AM

Excellent work Alan. A great acquisition for your dad.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 06-24-2008 02:36 PM

Thank you all my friends here at Lumberjocks for your kind words. I live 900 miles away from Dad and the rest of my family, so travel back home has become even more precious with gas pricing etc.
I am looking forward to delivering this in a few months.


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#14 posted 06-25-2008 03:25 AM

Excellent job! Amazing craftsmanship.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 07-15-2008 09:25 AM

You do such wonderfull work, with such intense detail, very much a labor of love.

You Dad is very lucky, what a b’day present!!

How did you join the horse’s body to the steel base? epoxy?

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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