Chess Table

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Project by Merv posted 05-17-2020 09:54 PM 894 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always wanted to build a chess table and the pandemic has allowed me the time to finally get it done.

The main makeup of the table is maple/mahogany for the game board and oak for the table. I had originally planned on maple/walnut for the game board, but I came across a mahogany board at Menards that was mis-stamped as pine. I figured I would rescue this board from some lesser project.

The only oak I purchased for the table was the 2×4s for the legs. A local bank had remodeled recently and discarded the old red oak and I took it from the scrap pile. There was also a neighbor that had a red oak tree fall down in their yard. They had access to a portable saw mill and I was able to use 1×6 boards from that tree to connect the legs.

I don’t have access to a reliable table saw, but I do have a decent Bosch router. I used an edge guide from Harbor Freight with my Dewalt circular saw to rip the boards for the chess table before gluing them together. I used the router to make sure the boards were square enough to glue them together.

There was a lot of corrective work to make sure everything fit together, since I couldn’t really use a table saw and I don’t have a jointer.

-- Merv, Indianapolis.

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#1 posted 05-17-2020 11:10 PM

This came out really nice indeed. Good wood combination and I especially like the wide width of the border. I’ve wanted to try making a chess board for years. I think your family will enjoy that for a very long time.

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#2 posted 05-18-2020 11:15 AM

For some reason, I can’t rotate the pictures. I’ve done it on my computer and reloaded them, but it still shows it sideways.

-- Merv, Indianapolis.

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#3 posted 05-18-2020 08:03 PM

I agree → it came out well !
Do I see drawers also ?

Perhaps you will find it handy to have a hand plane around for final edges. ... A number 5 with a sharp blade is uniquely satisfying.

-- derek / oregon

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#4 posted 05-20-2020 03:05 AM

Nicely done! I have always wanted to build one of those myself!

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#5 posted 05-22-2020 03:50 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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