Chess table

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Project by lechevaldebois posted 02-14-2008 06:56 AM 2334 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 02-14-2008 06:57 AM

An eirloom is born!!!

-- "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission"

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 07:54 AM

Excellent work, this is top notch work. How much did you get for it? Nice choice of wood. I especially like the drawers!!!

-- --Chuck

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 08:26 AM

Absolutely beautiful piece. I can’t wait to see the one without flaws :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 08:46 AM

I sold it for 1350$ + taxes.

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 01:22 PM

Wow!!!! You created a beautiful piece with this table. I normally don’t disagree with someone’s expressed opinion on here but this piece is not flawed by any stretch of the imagination. This is a very nice piece of furniture- one which would be welcome in any decor.

You get to spend time in the shop producing pieces such as this and get paid for doing something that you obviously love doing- you are indeed blessed.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 04:35 PM

Wow! I don’t think I could have parted with this one!

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

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 05:52 PM

oh yes.. look at all those flaws! Aren’t you lucky that it wasn’t perfect? Much easier to get rid of.

it’s stunning. Not sure if I could have parted with it.. but then, it does sound like you got a whole lot of $$$$ for it, and that can be quite tempting.
You can always build another table. :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 07:03 PM

Great stuff. How long does something like this take?

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 11:10 PM

I was going to comment on the fantastic dovetails, the superb finish work on the top, etc. But $1350 + tax??? Who needs comments from the likes of me….LOL. I’d say Great work, but h@!! you already know that :>) Love it!

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#10 posted 02-15-2008 01:53 AM

Very impressive. Great inlays.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 02-15-2008 07:11 AM

Thanks to all for your comments. To answer some of you, that table did have flaws: First, at 30 inches, it was way too high for playing chess. You need a plunging look on the game to get a good perspective while playing. The angle of view was just not right.(I still managed a very good winning record on it anyway ;-)... I will build the next one at 26’’ max. Then there was the cheap lauan drawer bottoms. In drawers made of bird’s eye maple with mahogany fronts and handcut dovetails! Don’t know what I was thinking… I should’ve used solid mahogany instead….then there were these dreadful brackets / triangular blocks (not sure how you call those in english…I’m french canadian) that I added to continue the curve of the cabriolet legs to the aprons…I HATED those! I should’ve carved blocks of mahogany to match the shape/thickness of the legs and made the transition to thicker, carved aprons. I was happy with the veneered chessboard top and the inlays though. No idea how many hours I put into this table, did it little by little in my spare time. 75 hours maybe?

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#13 posted 04-06-2008 07:11 PM

Was this you own design? I have something similar in mind for my younger son and have just started looking for ideas.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 04-18-2008 03:15 PM

superbe table de jeu

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#15 posted 09-22-2008 08:41 PM

A very nice chess board. I’ve made a couple of chess boards in my career as a woodworker, but nothing at nice as this. Could you describe how the playing field was constructed? The fields on the boards I’ve made have been made of solid wood, but have warped to some extent.

I hate to bring this up since it is such a nice piece, but the orientation of the board is incorrect, since, as per chess rules, the lower right hand square when you’re facing the board should be white.

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