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Project by bibb posted 12-19-2010 08:02 PM 3048 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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
Cheers and Merry Christmas.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 08:36 PM

Great gaming table Bibbs,the rosewood looks really good. Nice job.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 09:29 PM

what a beautiful chess table…the whole piece is quite wonderful …i love the lionds head support piece…i could try something like it myself except have some grizz heads on mine….really nice bibb…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 09:33 PM

Wonderful job on the chess board and drawers, if you look close you can tell that the finish does not match.
Yours is much better, but to refinish that bottom would have been a bit much. Hope that chess board
sees a lot of use.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 11:55 PM

Beautiful work on the chess board and the box. The French polish is a time consuming but wonderful finish. I’m sure this will give the user much pleasure everytime it’s used.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#5 posted 12-20-2010 02:32 AM

That chessboard look great. ANd the finish makes it distinguish from the stand, as it should be. Great job.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 12-20-2010 03:14 AM

Now that is what I call a very unusual chess board. Bibb, you have really outdone yourself with that one. Congratulations on a job well done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-20-2010 03:19 AM

Great job – real craftsmanship and skill here. You have met the client requirements superbly! It must be an interesting challenge to take a piece provided to you and create something that meets the vision and probably undefined expectations of someone else.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#8 posted 12-20-2010 03:41 AM

Bibb: A great job on the chess board. Be proud of that finish. I love french Polish finishes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 12-20-2010 06:14 AM

Very impressive! Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 12-20-2010 08:25 AM

Awesomely unique!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 12-20-2010 06:47 PM

Beautiful work, Al!

-- Sally

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#12 posted 12-20-2010 06:58 PM

We are our own biggest critics. That looks beautiful to me…love that rosewood…(I have several projects in process with that same I am sure the customer will be more than satisfied and you did a great job working the board into the table so that the lions stand out.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 12-20-2010 07:34 PM

Nice Board!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#14 posted 12-20-2010 08:57 PM

Great looking work, the chess board turned out very well.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#15 posted 12-21-2010 01:03 PM

They blend in well together.
Great job.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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