The Samurai Chess Table by Jim Arnold

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 03-02-2014 01:20 PM 2569 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did a regular board model of this theme several years ago and had a reuest to make a full table version which allowed me to incorporate some special features like the ‘gate’ on the drawer pull, flared leges (which aren’t very visible in these pics), and curved bottoms on the tables sides.

It s was a bear to photograph. The table itself measures 43” wide ny 30” across by about 28” tall. The Kings are about 8” tall…and the pawns about 3” tall. The table is made from solid Walnut and Maple. I put white sheets of paper where the sand will be. The lanterns on the corners will also be fitted with working lights. There is also a soapstone inlay in the middle of the board. The photos are staged with fake Bonsai, but there will be ‘live’ ones there eventually. Still the only chessboard I know of that was to be watered every third day. Pieces are also solid Walnut and Maple as well, and there is a walking path and bridge on the right side sand garden area.

I like this one, and hope I never have to make another. Thanks everybody. Lumberjocks rule!


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#1 posted 03-02-2014 01:28 PM

Absolutely beautiful, amazing work.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#2 posted 03-02-2014 01:36 PM

what that is amazing, very nice choice of wood, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 01:53 PM

Beautiful, and you have a great immagination.

-- Eugenie Woodcraft

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 01:57 PM

Jim ~ I have always loved your work…. but this one is special. I imagine the owner is proud as a peacock. And I am pretty sure this is the first chess board I have ever seen (or heard of) that requires watering.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 02:02 PM

Gorgeous. Superb work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 02:05 PM

Wow so magnifique table , the great woodworker you are ! I really appreciate this project. give some more projects here for my eye hi hi hi

-- BigDan

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#7 posted 03-02-2014 02:24 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 03-02-2014 02:26 PM


-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 03-02-2014 02:32 PM

This is so outstanding. It’s a fine piece e of craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 03-02-2014 02:37 PM

Thanks everybody…got another one coming out in a week or so that’s even better I think…my submission for the 2014 Calgary Stampede Art auction…


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#11 posted 03-02-2014 03:04 PM

Wow that’s so beautiful.
So beautiful, that I worry about the watering. I hope it takes it well.

The carvings are superb, and your photos from behind the corner “finial?” are very nice.

Well done.

-- Jeff NJ

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#12 posted 03-02-2014 04:27 PM

Way kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 03-02-2014 05:10 PM

That’s awesome!

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#14 posted 03-02-2014 05:21 PM

Fantastic work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#15 posted 03-02-2014 05:46 PM

Absolutely breathtaking work, Jim. I love the entire table design concept; bonsais, arched bridge, serene walkway, zen garden ( I assume that is the sandy area). You’ll also need to include a small (to scale) comb rake for raking spirals, waves, etc. into the sand, between N-QN6 check and …...

Having spent 20+ years developing, pruning, nurturing and contemplating bonsai trees (hobby), I really appreciate the full contemplative design of this table. The inclusion of the miniature vignette of nature is certainly a wonderful, harmonious addition to the cerebral aspect of the game.

A really big thumbs up on this one! It’s a table in which the added chore of tending to the trees on a daily basis would be something I would personally look forward to.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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