This is the centerpiece to a custom gaming table we are currently building – solid walnut piece with a very unique board configuration.
The board will rotate on miniature canon trunions in the middle of the table … backgammon / chess … here’s a whole setup of iron work that will band the board to facilitate it’s rotation.
The boards are leopard wood, Swiss pear, walnut, and ebony. The backgammon board is currently shown banded in walnut – there will be an ebony boarder and center strip raised above the play surface but lower than the main walnut frame. The wood contrast and combination really came out nice … can’t wait to see this finished!
This has been a lot of frustration and a lot of fun – screwed up a few chess boards, the first backgammon attempt we used the same woods but in the wrong pattern and it looked – well BLAND no contrast. Probably wasted $1,000 in wood and time getting this all right but now we will have it down and setup to be able to produce some very unique pieces.
The components for the backgammon board were CNC cut – so we now have the patterns programmed ready to reproduce in any wood or scale. Dana Osterman of The SignSmith / WC Forge is handling the constant cutting of diamonds and triangles. Just too tedious to do by hand and be profitable. Mike and I assembled it – mostly Mike being OCD kept this one in check.
The chess squares we did the old fashioned way – hand cut the strips, glued them, and then sliced them cross grain and reglued them. This is where my partner gets meticulous and keeps things strait …
We have five boards total – we’re calling the series four … one is a zigzag crooked one so it’s the anomaly of the group. Wait till you see what we do with that, since it looks like you’re drunk playing why not make a drunken chess set??? My father is busy whittling – this is going to be a just for fun creative project!
The flush board is completed and featured as it’s own project: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/59491 ... but it ties into a previously built gaming table. It’s now the centerpiece custom hardwood board to replace the original veneer one.
The two remaining chess boards will be fitted into some unique hand made frames. One probably will be hand carved in quarter sawn white oak – Gothic theme. The other IDK yet … thinking I will give it to my partner Mike and say go crazy on the modern themes.
I’m buying out all the Swiss Pear I can find – this looks really cool in the boards with the leopard wood – which I will also be stock piling. We’re also planning some projects in osage orange and mulberry – not sure what to pear with those just yet.
More to follow !
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com