Chess Board and Table

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Project by Luke posted 07-28-2014 11:58 PM 2282 views 20 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on this chess board for close to a year, on and off. By far the longest time was spent making the actual pieces. There are details and videos of a few on my blog . The sides of the board box are made of peruvian walnut. The profile was made using a cove cutting setup on the table saw and then routing the multi beads top and bottom. The drawers were cut from the middle of the pieces so that the grain matches when closed. the drawer boxes are some sort of palm wood and the bottom and dividers are quarter sawn white oak. The under side of the box is 1/2” baltic birch plywood as is the top which I veneered using birds eye maple, rosewood, and store bought strip banding. The cast iron stand I found at a local store and took the top off because it was too small to fit the board. I made a new round top with quarter sawn white oak 32” diameter and routed the same profile around the edge so they would look like they matched. The drawers feature all hand cut through dovetails in the rear and half blind in the fronts. The chess set is a 5” set which means the king is 5” tall to the top and the chess board squares measure 2.25” square, each. The drawer pulls are leftover rosewood from making the dark pieces which are rosewood. The light pieces are curly maple. There are holes drilled into the bottom of each piece to fit 8 penny’s exactly for extra weight and a good feel when playing, the bottoms are covered with felt.
Thanks for looking

-- LAS,

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 01:26 AM

A wonderful piece of work. I have a 16 year old who wants to do a chess board for his first project. Perhaps some day he will attempt this.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 02:03 AM

This is a beautiful chest set, the finish looks great.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 04:34 AM

Really well thought out and executed.
The pieces really turned out nice.

Thanks for taking time to post some pictures for us.


-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 05:07 AM

A year well spent, the result speaks for itself. Bravo!!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 06:16 AM

Awesome workmanship!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 07-29-2014 10:02 AM

beautiful board ,well done ,great craftsmanship

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 07-29-2014 11:24 AM

Beautiful work, shows great patients. I,ve been wanting to make one of theses for years. Congratulations on a job well done.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 11:45 AM

Very,very nice.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#9 posted 07-29-2014 12:09 PM

Excellent !!!!!!

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

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#10 posted 07-29-2014 12:18 PM

Mighty fine. Mighty fine.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 07-29-2014 06:31 PM

I’ve seen a lot of chess sets/tables, and made a few of my own, but this may just be my favorite so far.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 07-30-2014 12:10 AM

Great job Luke! It’s really, really nice.

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#13 posted 07-30-2014 12:38 AM

Man that’s a beautiful chess set/table! I can see it now: playing a game, by the fire, glass of bourbon, and a fine Cuban cigar…....!

-- Dean

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#14 posted 07-30-2014 03:10 PM

Thanks for all the wonderful comments folks. I appreciate the feedback.

-- LAS,

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#15 posted 08-01-2014 04:55 PM

Exquisite job. I do love a good chess set.

-- Brian Timmons -

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