Custom Gaming Projects #4: Some of our Cedar Rounds - Turning Slowly into Tables

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 03-16-2012 07:19 PM 8243 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two of the cedar rounds (not sure why I think I called them oak earlier …) turning slowly into gaming tables.

These are two more of the Swiss Pear / Leopard Wood / Ebony chess boards – this time embedded into slices of a rather large cedar tree. Solid surface veneer mounted to 3/4” plywood. We figure that’ll stabilize the rounds, we inserted some wedges and butterflies just for looks and of course a bit of a functional purpose to stabilize.

These are just started into being soaked (they are acting like sponges) with Waterlox tung oil. The bases will be a marbleized concrete pyramid mounted with a steel plate to the base of the table. Figure this will provide a heavy and stable platform for a unique tabletop.

Target completion is for an event April 14th/15th – “Mixing Pallets” – another Delaware River Valley Wine Trail event we’ll be at Hopewell Vineyards in Pennington, NJ with these two tables and a few other pieces as a preview debut for the big event in June The Blending of Art & Wine ... the CALL FOR ARTISTS – is out … so contact me if you’re in the area and you would like to display/sell your work!

I have seven more rounds in various sizes – most are slightly smaller than this so we’ll probably go from 18” (plus boarder about 19.5” total now) down to probably a 16” play area for a total of 17.5” so the board fits neatly in the round.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 03-17-2012 06:17 AM

Those are very cool gaming boards, and the bow ties for the cracks add a nice touch.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 05:18 PM

Thanks – I’m curious how they come out w/ the contrast of materials when we get the concrete bases ready for them. They are just now starting to get finish on the surface … sucked in about 5 coats of tung oil!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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