Walnut and Birds-Eye Maple Chess Table

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Project by Don posted 10-10-2015 03:25 PM 1464 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first chess table I have attempted and I was very nervous going into it. This is 90% solid hardwood and 10% veneer, bendable plywood and Walnut ply.

For the table sides, I used the bendable plywood covered with a Walnut veneer. My neighbour has a veneer vacuum press set up so I borrowed that. Built a form first and then took everything next door for the vacuum pressing. It was a learning experience for both of us.

The hardest part was the drawers for me. I don’t know that I would attempt another round table or not. Prefer nice square objects :)

Sanded to 600 and finished with 4 coats of Polyurethane and 4 coats of Wipe On Poly.

Questions and comments are always welcome.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canucks out there!

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 10-10-2015 03:32 PM

Don, Simply beautiful. You really knocked it out of the ballpark.

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#2 posted 10-10-2015 05:35 PM

Thanks Bob, appreciate the compliment and how appropriate a statement. Go Jays!

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#3 posted 10-10-2015 06:02 PM

You’ve made a fine table, It’s a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 10-10-2015 11:20 PM

I think you did a circle very well. It’s beautiful.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 10-11-2015 01:53 AM

Very well done and a beautiful table.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 10-11-2015 04:20 AM

This is so out of my league, I don’t know if I’m worth to comment it. Excellent work. There are so many I can and will learn from your project, especialy banding parts. I like this smal frame arround chessboard!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-11-2015 01:48 PM

Great job!

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

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#8 posted 10-11-2015 02:42 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Ivan – never sell yourself short.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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