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Project by poppatom posted 09-07-2010 11:53 AM 1353 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A customer came to me with an odd request, he had a collection of Avon chess bottles he had collected over the years but could not find a game board for them so I took up the challenge.
The base of the chess pieces are 2 1/8” around, using that as a starting point I designed the squares to be 2 1/2” square allowing room to grab a piece and move it should he decide to actually play a game with this set.
I used walnut and hard maple for the game board and used red oak for the rest of the project. The end caps on the legs are walnut and maple to depict opposing players. The drawer fronts are a mix of walnut and maple for accents with antique glass knobs.
The design for the table top came from a LJ buddy vicrider which was kind enough to give me permission to use his design for the top portion of the table giving it a floating appeal.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.





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degoose

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 12:47 PM

I like the way you have notched the top around the legs… nice to see the white on the right…overall a nice job… not sure about the knobs ….IMHO…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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BigTiny

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 02:21 PM

The only concern I would have is the size of the squares versus the size of the pieces. The standard is 1 1/2 tiimes the size of the largest piece (usually the king), so this board’s squares should be 3 3/16” (2 1/8×1.5).

If the set is to mostly just be on display, this will be great, but if it is meant for play it will be a bit crowded. Either way it looks fantastic. Great job.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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poppatom

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 01:46 AM

Thanks for the look see guys. I think he said he wanted for display mostly. Since the chess pieces are a collectors series and not made to be played with all the bases are the same.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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jack1

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 02:11 AM

Very classy. Good job!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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poppatom

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 12:23 PM

Thanks Jack! Now all I have to do is build a couple chairs for it.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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vicrider

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 09:08 AM

Kudos, Tom,

Very nicely done…..

-- vicrider

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poppatom

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 12:22 PM

Thanks vicrider! The customer was really impressed with the design, I told him I got the idea from you and showed him pictures of your work before I started on his project.
Once again thanks for letting me use your design.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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siouxcitysioux

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 03:49 PM

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! I could stay online all day just looking at all the projects people post – so much talent out there!

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