|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 01-04-2009 10:58 PM||8300 views||23 times favorited||50 comments|
This was inspired not just by the contest, but by my grand-nieces and nephews, who have a tendency to play with, lose, eat, or otherwise mistreat game pieces. I came up with the idea of a removable top with hidden trays underneath. Rather than hinge the top, I decided to make both it and the trays unattached so that the game can be played at another table or on the floor.
There are runners on the underside of the top (see last photo below) which serve two functions: They fit exactly into the provided places in the table base to keep the top from moving around, and they slightly elevate the playing surface when the top is used by itself, making it easy to pick up. The trays rest inside the table base by their handles on the provided ledges. I divided the space into two trays so that one could be used for chess men, and the other for checkers.
Construction is all walnut except for the maple squares and inlays, and the birch ply tray bottoms. This was my first attempt at tapered legs using my new table saw and a taper jig. They are two-sided tapers, and actually went off without a hitch (which was a great surprise). The miters were also cut on the table saw, using a miter sled I constructed. I know some will want to take issue with my capturing the board inside the frame. Time will tell, I suppose. Here in south Louisiana, humidity is consistently very high, and temperature extremes are not that great. I’ve constructed a number of things this way over the past few years, and so far (knock on wood) no problems with wood movement.
Finish on top is oil-based wipe-on poly, sanded out after a number of coats so that , in effect, the poly becomes a grain filler for the walnut. The last few coats then leave a glass-smooth surface. Finish on the table base is also wipe-on poly, but without the smoothing-out process.
Thanks for looking. All questions, comments, criticism welcome.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"