Cherry & Walnut Chess Table w/ folding legs

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Project by Jesse posted 07-28-2015 07:36 AM 582 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a job for a very good friend who is obsessed with chess.
It’s like guys I know who play golf they get crazy with it. So what to do?
Charge him for a custom table….He’ll pay….He’s obsessed right?
No, all kidding aside this was very difficult to get right. I hope it’s still
right….Folding legs are not easy to make with any confidence of longevity
it would seem. Anyone with a good system that sort of Locks into place would
be good to know for the future. I used Rockler locking type and was ok but would
Like something that is a solid lock in for each leg or work in conjunction with each other
when they lock in.
Chess boards are another pain in the b**t. My advise. When making the 2” x 1/8” x 16” (or whatever size)
make them a bit longer or one at the end wider just a bit in case the there’s a size issue
fitting it in the area. Creep up on it I guess. This is my second chess table which I put a pic of the
first on this post.
Cheers Dave


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#1 posted 07-28-2015 10:06 PM

Nicely done Jesse.
I have been asked to make one a couple of times but have shy’d away from it.
Thanks for the advice.

-- Chem, Central California

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#2 posted 07-29-2015 12:09 AM

thing is when you get the contrasting walnut/maple (dark / light) glued to each other then it’s just a matter of cutting them at 2” against the grain, put them all back together after cutting then take every other row and flip it over. Walla…chess board. If you’ve done all the measurements right the corner points will match up just right….If not…Checkmate I guess. As everybody knows, putting a bunch of squares together is the best way to check how you accuracy is. this chess table was surrounded by 8 other squares which was the table I was copying from a picture from a chess club table.
Thanks for the comment Bill.


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#3 posted 07-29-2015 05:41 PM

This turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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