|Project by bibb||posted 12-19-2010 08:02 PM||2506 views||9 times favorited||21 comments|
First off I cannot take credit for the cool stand that the chess box is sitting on.
A couple of months ago one of my clients brought this table with hand carved lion heads into my shop and asked if I could build a chessboard to fit onto the table. The table came from Germany many years ago with an embossed leather chessboard on it but the leather had completely disintegrated over the years. I think the wood is mahogany but I’m not sure. I made the board with end grain walnut and maple. The box and the frame around the board is rosewood. The drawer and dividers are hard maple with hand cut dovetails. I let the client pick through my stack of rosewood so she could choose the pieces that she liked. Not my favorite but hey it’s her choice and she is happy. I applied about 30 coats of one pound, super blonde, shellac to the box and board using the classic French polish technique to give everything a deep rich gloss. The pictures don’t do it justice. As always, comments and critiques are welcomed. Thanks for looking
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