Walnut chess table

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Project by WoodHoppa posted 05-16-2009 05:29 AM 2274 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The chess set and board were stone and I made this table to fit it. The table is walnut with maple inlays. The lines are something I doodled while on a long phone call at work years ago. I finally found a way to incorporate them. I turned 2 chess pieces (glued up wood with paper in between) and split them for the decoration on the sides. Some carving was involved as well. The legs are simply flat boards with mitered edges glued together. I used packing tape to align the edges, applied glue, and then closed the miters and wrapped tape around them until the glue dried. It worked really well, is simple, and when i sanded/softened the edge it is impossible to see the glue joint. Finished with wipe on poly.

-- Mike Harman, WoodHoppa

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 05:31 AM

OOOO this is a real dazzler very nice work mike

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 06:55 AM

Very nice table, nice touch with the inlay

-- Vince

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 11:47 AM

Excellent job Mike. Perfect inlays. Design and color are beautiful.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 02:13 PM

Very nice. I really like the design of the corner inlays. They add a lot of visual interest.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 04:45 PM

Great job done here.
Be proud of that.

-- R

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 10:39 PM

Very Nice. Welcome to lumberjocks.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 12:29 PM

I love the assymetricality of the inlays.

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#8 posted 05-22-2009 04:29 AM

Nice table. Like the decorative inlays as well as how the board fits into it. Cool idea with the chess piece decoration.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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