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Forum topic by roadrunner0925 posted 08-03-2009 11:37 AM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2009 11:37 AM

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i am planning to build a chess table for a friend and am having some difficulty in deciding how to attach the board to the table. let me explain… the board itself will be attached to the top of a table which has a top that will be attached to the apron with hinges. the apron will have a bottom in it so as underneath the lid can be used for storage of other chess pieces. i have decided how to construct the whole thing, except for attaching the board to the top side of the lid. i am concerned about how to attach it firmly and still allow for wood movement. the board will be 13×13. the lid will be about 18-20×18-20. i would also like to use a product called mirror coat, which is used for bar tops and such, which is supposed to be equivilent to 60 coats of poly, but ive heard to finish both sides of solid wood in the same way. im looking forward to see what solutions my favorite group of dust junkies come up with. thank you very much for your help. Wm

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#1 posted 08-05-2009 05:00 AM

What about a simple set of figure eight brackets. They used to be used to attach desk tops to the desk when desks had solid tops.

-- Keith, Bolingbrook, Illinois. The way I figure it I only have the rest of my life to get good at this...

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#2 posted 08-05-2009 09:37 PM

You can use panel construction. Make your frame with a dado along the inside edge that’s the same as the thickness of the board and use some foam tape to secure the board in place so it won’t rattle around but can still expand. Or you can make the board using a plywood base and use veneer for the squares and use a solid wood for the frame. More work but you don’t have to worry about the board breaking. To attach the board to the base, a simple piano hinge would work well and is pretty cheap.

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#3 posted 08-06-2009 09:01 AM

i would like for the board to look like it is just sitting on top of the table. i was thinking of using through dowels and/or gluing face grain to face grain. what do you think? thx, wm

-- wm, brandon,ms

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#4 posted 08-14-2009 12:30 PM

You could try screwing it to the table top… screw it, of course, from underneath, consider using thread inserts in the chess board, and making oblong/long holes in the table top. This allows that the table top can move back and forth with changes in moisture and the chessboard will stay attached and tight against the table. The inserts are cheap and you normally use fine threaded machine screws. I have used this methode for similiar things and it works great. And you can remove the board if you need to. Sometimes for really big drawer fronts that are solid wood and are attached to plywood or pressboard drawer bodies, we use this, to allow for the difference in movement… .its quick and simple, gets the job done. and you do not see it from the outside.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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