LumberJocks

Chess table

  • Advertise with us
Project by AstroGuy posted 118 days ago 1124 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





18 comments so far

View TheeWoodShed's profile

TheeWoodShed

162 posts in 417 days


#1 posted 118 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."

View BTimmons's profile

BTimmons

1912 posts in 991 days


#2 posted 118 days ago

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

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

View barringerwoodworks's profile

barringerwoodworks

152 posts in 219 days


#3 posted 118 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 https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

View redmen's profile

redmen

39 posts in 535 days


#4 posted 118 days ago

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

View NickyP's profile

NickyP

101 posts in 229 days


#5 posted 118 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."

View Reverse_Pivot's profile

Reverse_Pivot

26 posts in 327 days


#6 posted 118 days ago

Nicely done! Great looking dovetails!

-- -Tim

View exelectrician's profile

exelectrician

1364 posts in 934 days


#7 posted 118 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

View clarkey's profile

clarkey

433 posts in 1562 days


#8 posted 118 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

View CL810's profile

CL810

1714 posts in 1494 days


#9 posted 117 days ago

Very nice. Favorited.

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

View Luke's profile

Luke

521 posts in 1800 days


#10 posted 117 days ago

Very good job. Favorited….

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

View hoss12992's profile

hoss12992

2273 posts in 399 days


#11 posted 117 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 https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

109576 posts in 2083 days


#12 posted 117 days ago

Outstanding build ,a great looking chess table.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View AstroGuy's profile

AstroGuy

57 posts in 2551 days


#13 posted 117 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

View KelvinGrove's profile

KelvinGrove

377 posts in 419 days


#14 posted 117 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.

View TCrossan's profile

TCrossan

35 posts in 227 days


#15 posted 117 days ago

Awesome work! Beautiful piece.

-- Jn. 14:6

showing 1 through 15 of 18 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase