Chess Board and Table

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Project by dustysawyer posted 06-01-2011 10:47 PM 2287 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made chess boards for my daughters last Christmas. One daughter wanted to display hers on a table so this is what I came up with: The board itself is Padauk and Maple with Maple and Mahogany frames. Apron and legs are mahogany joined with pocket holes and the top attaches/removes via magnets. The piece divider grid is made of aspen and can be removed along with a false bottom to reveal two inches of secret space. The mahogany in the board and table matches a restored Mahogany Baby Grand (not shown) nicely. I bought the playing pieces at Lee Valley thanks to a tip from a fellow LJ. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 11:57 PM

My wife’s scepitcal uncle always told me that I wasn’t a true woodworker until I had made a real chess board. I’m not sure to this day if that was in criticism or praise of my skills. You have inspired me to the challenge. Thanks for sharing.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#2 posted 06-02-2011 02:51 AM

great table !!!!! Wanna play? LOL. You did a great job…I like.

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#3 posted 06-02-2011 03:20 PM

Nice job!! I just received a request form my son-in-law for a chess board and table, so this has been added to my project list.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 06-02-2011 05:40 PM

Very nice look great. I made one but not in a table like that. Great work on this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-05-2013 01:43 PM

Great looking chess table!

I liked Kenns comment!


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#6 posted 07-09-2014 12:32 AM

Great looking; great setting too.

-- Gary, Florida

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