Chess table #1: Chess table, rebuild or not to rebuild?

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Blog entry by gpastor posted 02-14-2011 06:22 PM 1015 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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What do you guys think? This is a chess table that I made in high school, 30 years ago. The main parts are made of cherry and the chess top is made from maple and walnut.
I spent most of my time in high school in the wood shop with a wonderful teacher Mr. Boettler. Like any good teacher he gave us good instruction and than let us develop the skills on are own. As I look at the piece today I can see many things that I would have done diffintly if I was to build it today. My question is should I rebuild it or should I leave it as is. This was a gift that I made for my Father and has a great deal of sentimental value so I don’t want to move it to some back room (like I have with a few projects). But yet each time I pass it I think “Looks like a carpenter build that” What would you do?

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 07:50 PM

Hi. My two cents is that if you can get it apart enough to spruce things up to your liking, go for it. You have already indicated you don’t want this relegated to some back room so I say fix it up. It looks to me that the mitered corners are the primary, and maybe only, issue. I have a post on a cupola I made for my Dad years ago. When he passed, the cupola became mine. It was in such disrepair, I made a new one and placed the original copper standing seam roof on it along with the weathervane my Dad had made. Needless to say there is a place in my heart for these father/son stories.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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