Maple n Walnut chess set n table

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Project by wrench posted 117 days ago 1907 views 13 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chess table out of black walnut and curly maple. It was built using traditional joinery including hand cut dovetails. The pull is carved out with a gouge and a rabbit was chiseled out for the little cross bar. The checkered board is floating in a frame with a maple leaf inlay. The corners of the frame are mitered half lap joints with splines and tenons. I turned the chess pieces on the lathe and carefully compound cut the kings cross and the knight on the band saw. The finish is splay on polyurethane.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#2 posted 117 days ago

Great build,looks great.

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#3 posted 117 days ago

Very nice.

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#5 posted 117 days ago

Great work!

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#6 posted 117 days ago

Whomever has home field advantage will prevail.
That’s my prediction.
Those Rooks look restless ;-)

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#7 posted 117 days ago

wonderful job!

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#8 posted 117 days ago

How did you get all those pawns the same? Did you use a template?

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#10 posted 117 days ago

Awesome job, beautiful piece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#11 posted 117 days ago

Wow excellent job on the table and really nice turning on the pieces….awesome.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#12 posted 117 days ago

Love the detail work on this magnificent piece!
My older son went to Syracuse in 90 for 5 years, I wish it was now so I can come to your shop,

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#13 posted 117 days ago

Fantastic !!!!!

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#14 posted 117 days ago

wow, that is beautiful, amazing work

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#15 posted 117 days ago

That was a lot of work… Well done, looks awesome.

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