Chess table

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Project by gpastor posted 02-14-2011 06:30 PM 1978 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What do you guys think? This is a chess table that I made in high school, 30 years ago. The main parts are made of cherry and the chess top is made from maple and walnut.
I spent most of my time in high school in the wood shop with a wonderful teacher Mr. Boettler. Like any good teacher he gave us good instruction and than let us develop the skills on are own. As I look at the piece today I can see many things that I would have done diffintly if I was to build it today. My question is should I rebuild it or should I leave it as is. This was a gift that I made for my Father and has a great deal of sentimental value so I don’t want to move it to some back room (like I have with a few projects). But yet each time I pass it I think “Looks like a carpenter build that” What would you do?

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 07:08 PM

After 30 years it is still in one piece… that is an accomplishment in itself! I think it has a certain stately elegance, and I would display it proudly if it were mine.

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

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 09:31 PM

You cannot rebuild your youth, this represents you 30 y. ago, I would not even touch it.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 12:11 AM

To me it looks as if it holds more than a chess game, memory’s are something to cherish. I would leave as is but that’s just my two cents

-- Every one makes mistakes. Some are just better at hiding them then others!

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 09:54 PM

I agree I would leave it as it is.

Now, you can make a twin one.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 10:28 PM

Sir, this is a badge of honor for you and your family. You should display it with pride. I really like it. That’s not to say that you couldn’t build another one. I can’t tell from the photos, but is there one or two drawers on the table?

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#6 posted 01-06-2012 05:58 PM

I think it is just wonderful, I would leave it as it is also. I have a hutch that I built for my mother, while in high school. It has flaws that I see, but everyone else sees it as a beautiful hutch. They are amazed at the story of how it came about, when I built it and why. It has more sentimental value and is a treasured piece that cannot be replaced.

Keep your Chess table as is and enjoy the memories and share the story of how, why and when you built it. Those stories will be treasured along with the treasued piece.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 06:01 PM

pretty amazing high school project.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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