Chess table

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Project by AstroGuy posted 114 days ago 1119 views 14 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 114 days ago

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 114 days ago

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

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#3 posted 114 days ago

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 114 days ago

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

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#5 posted 114 days ago

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 114 days ago

Nicely done! Great looking dovetails!

-- -Tim

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#7 posted 114 days ago

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 114 days ago

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 114 days ago

Very nice. Favorited.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#10 posted 114 days ago

Very good job. Favorited….

-- LAS,

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#11 posted 114 days ago

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 114 days ago

Outstanding build ,a great looking chess table.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 114 days ago

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 114 days ago

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. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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#15 posted 113 days ago

Awesome work! Beautiful piece.

-- Jn. 14:6

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