Chess table

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Project by AstroGuy posted 12-27-2013 09:10 PM 2116 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chess table that I built for my son, who has a thing for chess. Up until now, he’s been playing on a roll up chess board with plastic pieces. I thought he would enjoy having a nice place to play that we could display in our living room.

The piece is made from cherry and has curved legs that splay slightly outward. It is loosely based on a shaker-style end table that I previously built, but on a larger scale. The drawer uses pine for secondary wood and the dovetails are hand cut. The top is made from veneered MDF using a vacuum press to apply the veneer to the substrate. Finish is a coat of shellac followed by multiple coats of sprayed lacquer. The chess pieces are commercial, made in Poland, and quite inexpensive albeit made from wood and weighted. I ran out of time before the holidays, but the next job is to make a set of custom pieces for him….

Thanks for looking.

-- Richard

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 09:43 PM

Very nice work!!!! Know your son will enjoy this for decades!!!!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 09:48 PM

He seems to like it. I dig the banding around the board.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 09:52 PM

Wow! That is very nice! Just my style too. Had you seen the chess board in an end table somewhere else before? What a great idea.

Where did the drawer knob come from?

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 10:03 PM

There is no price for the look on your son’s face, a job well done. E2-E4!

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 10:19 PM

Very nice AstroGuy! An instant add to my Favorites . . . Thanks!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 10:47 PM

Nicely done! Great looking dovetails!

-- -Tim

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 11:46 PM

The smile on your boys face says it all – Beautiful build!

Is that a three legged dog in pic 5?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 12-28-2013 12:07 AM

l like it Chess is a great game, and when its on a cool looking table it really invite you to play. Nice job

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#9 posted 12-28-2013 12:18 AM

Very nice. Favorited.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#10 posted 12-28-2013 02:23 AM

Very good job. Favorited….

-- LAS,

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#11 posted 12-28-2013 02:24 AM

Wow, really cool chess table. Im sure it will be a heirloom to be passed down to his kids one day. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 12-28-2013 02:53 AM

Outstanding build ,a great looking chess table.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 12-28-2013 02:53 AM

Scott: I don’t think I’ve seen a chess board in an end table before but there are certainly lots of examples of free standing chess tables that I took inspiration from. The knob, alas, is a commercial knob. I’m planning to turn a replacement with a bit more visual interest.

Exelectrician: Yup. He’s Riley, our tripod dog. Best dog I ever had the pleasure of keeping.

Thanks for all the kind comments, everyone.

-- Richard

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#14 posted 12-28-2013 03:41 AM

Thanks Richard,

This is a great project. I have been looking for something for a 15 year old who wants to start. This is just the right mix of challenge, simplicity, and usefulness! And to top it off he loves chess as well.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#15 posted 12-28-2013 02:45 PM

Awesome work! Beautiful piece.

-- Jn. 14:6

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