Chess table Experiment

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Project by JT23325 posted 09-27-2012 06:53 PM 1460 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Chess/Checker table was made back in 03 for my son in efforts to keep from finding pieces scattered throughout the house. It helped substantially but I still managed to find pieces from time to time. It has been buried in the spare room and I recently rediscovered it and though I would share.

The top is solid walnut and hard maple; it has a 1/8” piece of Lexan that fits perfectly in the raised border to protect the wood form… Well everything…. The inlay was my first attempt at making my own, and though it turned out pretty well there were several lessons learned in the process. I have since had a few equipment upgrades that have made subsequent efforts easier and more efficient. The pedestal is recycled from and old table I found alongside the road, (one of those odd pieces we have had in our shops for years with the intention of using someday) at the time I did not have a lathe big enough to make one out of oak, and looking back I would have been better off ebonizing the pedestal and using 4 feet instead of 3.

These photos are after having been moved and abused since 2003 and still brings a smile to my face..

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#1 posted 09-27-2012 07:09 PM

Beautiful work, nice piece of furniture.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 09-27-2012 07:47 PM

I was going to mention having 4 feet versus 3 feet, but that’s already been mentioned. Apart from that, it’s a nice looking piece. I like the border running around the table apron.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 09-27-2012 08:34 PM

Do you call this an experiment? You’re insulting ARTISTRY! This is a masterpiece, not just an experiment. You did great, man! Sorry for the rant.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 09-27-2012 10:42 PM

Thank you for the kind words

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 08:44 PM

Wizard’s Chess anyone? Nice job and a great design!

-- MonkeyMonk

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