Small Chess Table

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Project by WoodMosaics posted 11-07-2008 10:36 PM 2300 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table stands 22” tall and is 18 ¼” wide. Each square is 1 ½”, the whole board is just under 12”. There are over 1700 pieces on the entire table. The pieces are used over the edge and onto the pedestal and feet of the table. There are 8 of my half size triangles on each square. It gives a chess or checker board a completely different look. It has two drawers, one on each side. The drawers have magnetic catches on the back of them, so they don’t slide out on their own. I use wood dowels to help hold the drawers together. The table is finished in its natural color with 5 or 6 coats of a clear wiping varnish, rubbed in by hand. The pieces are a bit over 3/16” thick, glued onto a Baltic Birch base, so they hold up much better than a thin veneer.

The type of wood is listed on the bottom of the table. The dark square has “Purpleheart” from Central or South America, and “Wenge” from West Africa. The light square has “Red Gum” from South Eastern U.S. and “Hackberry” from Missouri. And then “Oak” and “Walnut” from Missouri are used on the rest of the table.

On the bottom I signed it, listed the wood, dated it and put the number of the table. After the number, the words “Foot Cut” let you know I made it on a foot powered table saw.

I lined the bottom of the drawers with black velveteen.

Small Chess Table

Table CB Small Close up 1

Thank you for looking,
Robin Tucker

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#1 posted 11-08-2008 12:57 AM

That is one beautiful chess set up. I would even play a game to use that table. Great! You really are prolific. I like all your projects.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 11-08-2008 02:47 AM

Excellent work Robin. Even get a 3D effect from the mosaic. well done

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 11-08-2008 04:36 AM

Robin that is another great looking piece! You can stare at it and continually see different patterns.

Thanks for posting.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 11-08-2008 04:46 AM

Nice looking board! A little busy for my eyes though.

-- I never started a project I couldn't screw up.

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#5 posted 11-08-2008 04:49 PM

Beautiful game table, Robin. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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