Cedar Slab Exotic Wood Game Tables Over Marbilized Concrete Bases

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-20-2012 11:52 PM 6467 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you have been following this project from its inception when I happened upon a pile of cedar slabs in a stack at our local lumber yard. I purchased the stack (nine round slices) with the intention of making some unique gaming tables. More of these will be posted as we finish the projects, hopefully they start to catch on and we sell a few!

My goal was to find something simple, a subtle backdrop to the exotic wood game boards we had been crafting. I actually ended up with a little more ornamentation than I had planned with these slabs but I think it actually worked out perfectly.

The game boards are Swiss Pear, Leopard Wood, and Ebony secured to a 3/4” plywood substrate which is inset into the slab. The game board surface is at least 1/8” thick remaining so it’s a solid surface NOT a cheap laminate. It should last generations and be able to be refinished and withstand a good solid 100 years of play. The plywood stabilized the slab in addition to the insertion of a few walnut chunks in various large cracks. Why walnut – well cause I had the scraps no real other reason.

The undercarriage is a 12”x12” 1/8” steel plate bolted to the concrete pyramid and lag bolted into the cedar slab. We cast studs into the concrete to allow easy fixing of the mounting plate. The pyramid style was chosen for stability, to match the shape of the game boards, and because it is easy to cast and provides four distinct visual displays of the unique concrete medium. It’s also a heavy base providing a very solid foundation for the table.

My partner (Mike Pietras shown below in his fashionable plastic parka) is into the concrete concept. We decided last year to combine our ideas and create some entirely new furniture. This whole heavy furniture concept is great as far as being green, durable, unique, stable, etc … but it’s KILLING my back moving this stuff around! Next life – DOLL HOUSE FURNITURE! ... or perhaps foam.

The base (there are actually two table tops shown) is concrete. The green one is a marbleized look using black and green concrete to create a unique gaining pattern. Mike also put in quite a bit of granite stones which have created a unique speckled look as the polish takes hold.

We’re probably going to polish this a bit more and skim over it with one more layer of color just to add a little depth. Then polish more, and more and more.

The chess set shown with this table is our “druken chess set” – it will be featured in another project shortly. My father hand carved it just for fun to match up with a chess board we kinda messed up!

More cedar slab tables to follow – some gaming some not. More concrete bases to follow – some plain, some marbleized, some IDK we’ll see what comes out!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 12:09 AM

That’s a really nice chest board. The base is really cool as well.

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 12:33 AM

Wow. Thats really nice.

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 04:29 AM

Looks great!

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#4 posted 04-21-2012 05:33 AM

a beautiful chess board ,would look better in my back yard with me playing a game on it,:) kike the men too great job

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 09:52 AM

A very beautiful piece of art work!!

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 12:47 PM

That is Totally cool! Really nice work.

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#7 posted 04-22-2012 01:47 AM

Great work Eric. Are you making the chess pieces as well? I suspect you are. I would like to see them better. Doug

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#8 posted 04-22-2012 05:41 AM

Very Nice!!!

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#9 posted 04-23-2012 01:44 AM


Every Grandpa should have a Game Board of this Quality to match the quality time spent teachin’ his grandchildren to play Checkers and then Chess.

My hat’s off to you, very beautifully done. Len

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#10 posted 04-23-2012 10:32 PM

Thanks for the feedback – We’re having fun coming up with the new portfolio. Very helpful to get responses on here to see what people think.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#11 posted 04-25-2012 11:02 AM

I think you guys will really like what’s coming shortly – Mike is working on the redwood burl project now and that is going to get a very unique concrete base. The mulberry “splat” is coming out of storage later this week. Debating now what kind of base to do one the walnut butterfly table.

We’re also going to start on a slab of the 375 year old white oak – no concrete traditional four leg base on that.

Coming later we have had locust milled and will be getting more milled – waiting for batch one to go through the kiln. I also had a short walnut log about 30” in diameter sliced into slabs that will finish at least 3” thick. Not sure how many we got I would guess at least 5 or 6 if we’re lucky. Hoping for the good figure, haven’t seen it yet the mill said it looks nice.

LOTS – going on!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#12 posted 04-26-2012 04:45 AM

A few strait on angles of the tops.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#13 posted 04-26-2012 05:06 AM

Very nice and I like the bowties you did for the cracks.


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#14 posted 04-26-2012 09:47 PM

My father made the chess pieces – I haven’t gotten a chance to do a good photo shoot with those yet to feature the project. Hopefully I’ll get to that this weekend.

Thanks for the feedback!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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