Chess Themed Table

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Project by Silastic posted 08-12-2012 11:20 PM 1798 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made this chess table for my HSC project. Species: American Walnut, European Beech. Finish: Feast Watson Fine Buffing Oil Time Period: 10 months, part time. Due: Monday 13th August Please comment…
Tell me what you think…I don’t care what you say, but I like to hear others opinions on my work, whether critical or for it.
What can I improve?
What do you love about it?
What do you hate about it?
I need an independant evaluation for the folio we have to provide with the project for marking.

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 11:31 PM

Welcome to LJ’s!! I really like the table, actually my son and I were drooling over it haha! The only thing I would worry about is accidentally kicking and breaking the profiles on the legs. But I have big feet and tend to kick stuff without meaning to so maybe I;m just paranoid. Love it!

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#2 posted 08-13-2012 12:11 AM

I really like it.
I too would find the pawn “feet” a little in the way in use but they look great.
I see the king is upside down which would signify a loss but which color is he? ...........a clever twist.

Very nice design and execution.
Welcome and keep posting your pieces.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 08-13-2012 12:29 AM

I remember looking at the drawing you did for this ages ago (was it about November?). At the time I was dubious about how it would look, so many contrasting bits like the apron with the light/dark dovetails, the legs, light and dark top. I didn’t know whether it would all be a bit too busy. Seeing the pictures you posted I have to say, that is a great table, and great workmanship too.
Thanks for posting

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 02:37 AM

I like the interlacing of the walnut and beech. I agree with others on the feet – nice idea but too vulnerable and, for me, too high a profile. How big is it ? Overall, looks great and would be a most pleasant piece on which to play chess.

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#5 posted 08-13-2012 12:29 PM

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Nice looking table, This is similar to my table I desiged and made three sets about 14 years ago.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 08-13-2012 12:38 PM

I like your chess table you did a good job… it looks close to one of my lumberjock bubbies table that he made.

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#7 posted 08-13-2012 01:17 PM

that is really gorgeous and I love the chess pieces in the legs and underside of middle. Really fine work.

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#8 posted 08-13-2012 08:03 PM

It is unlikely not to love the legs! It is very creative! I like it very much!

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#9 posted 08-13-2012 09:30 PM

I love it! The pawn feet and upside down king are excellent. The only thing I don’t care for is the dovetail—it doesn’t match the banding above it; it seems slightly out of place in the design (although you do get bonus points for the dovetail).

The table is understated compared to Dennis’ table and chairs (which I like to admire from time to time) but I think yours would fit in a room much better—in fact, I think it would fit in my house quite nicely!

I hope you get an A+

best regards, Doe

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#10 posted 08-13-2012 10:38 PM

Beautiful work

Is there a matching dove tail on the opposite side?

pawn to queen four, enjoy the game!

-- Danny, Houston, TX

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#11 posted 08-13-2012 11:45 PM

Outstanding, Check Mate on this one your a winner!

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#12 posted 08-14-2012 06:09 AM

The table stands about 600mm high, and will sit in a corner with chairs next to it, so the design of the pawns will not conflict with the player’s feet. And yes, on one side is a white dovetail, and the other side a black dovetail.

Zongker: Your table is one beautiful table, and I can give credit to it for being the inspiration for this piece. You must remember, I do not consider myself as a professional, nor my table perfect; but with your table I do…

Renners: Yes, I had another account back in November, but it was deleted or something so I had to start again. Thanks for you advice back then with the designing problems I had.

Thanks for the comments.

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#13 posted 08-15-2012 05:21 AM


Everything about your table is outstanding. The only negative I can think of is that I don’t play chess!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 08-19-2012 03:45 PM

Real hard work.Amaizing table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 08-23-2012 05:01 AM

silastic, love your table and workmanship hope you get double cedit for this work.
just a thought,and i wouldn’t change anything; but what would the legs have looked,if the dark was under the light side and the light side under the dark side of the table?
i love the turned pawns. nice

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