Chess table

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Project by FredIV posted 08-29-2013 05:22 PM 1837 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a custom chess table with two drawers for some close friends of mine. I made the table and border out of cherry. It was piece of 10qtr cherry that I found at a local lumber yard. The chess table itself is made of hard maple and walnut. I created little sections in the drawers for their chess pieces and lined it with green felt. I used loose mortise joinery on the table base and hand cut my dovetails for the drawers.

They wanted a very basic stain with a satin finish. The table came out so flat and so smooth. As an added gift. I am making a video from start to finish on how I made the entire piece. (shortened to about 7 minutes long). I can’t wait to give it to them.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 05:37 PM

Beautiful work Fred… Sure your friends will love it and what a great idea providng them with the making of video… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 06:01 PM

Very nice! My wife told me just the other day that I need to make a chess board. This is just the inspiration I needed.

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 06:57 PM

great job Fred.For sure your friends will love it. I particulary like the broad frame for the board, to sit the out of game chessmen , eventually a clock, or a couple of glasses. Well, you can even can have a light lunch there.

Nice . Look forward to seeing hte video.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 07:01 PM

Wonderful work Fred and a great looking chess table, inside and out.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-29-2013 07:28 PM

Very nicely done with great detail.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 08-29-2013 08:00 PM

That is an awesome piece of work.I like the top and the design! Simple superb wood project!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 08-29-2013 08:01 PM

Great stuff. Post the video here, too!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#8 posted 08-29-2013 08:01 PM

Beautiful! Very inspiring. Lets us know if you post the video for the public.

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#9 posted 08-29-2013 10:51 PM

Great looking table! Would love to see the video you made! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 08-29-2013 11:01 PM

As an added gift. I am making a video

hey Fred, you’re slave of your own words now. The crowd wish for the clip

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 12:47 AM

Beautiful table. Look forward to seeing the video.

-- Dave K.

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#12 posted 08-30-2013 01:22 AM

Really nice, so simple and elegant. I just finished a drop leaf table restoration to put my hand made chess set on, but some day I want to make a table from scratch, with piece storage. I have a huge folder of ideas for it and I am definitely adding yours to the inspiration file!

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#13 posted 08-30-2013 01:48 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 08-30-2013 10:18 AM

Wow…that is a beautiful chess table Fred…Excellent job. I am sure your friends will get hours of enjoyment out of it… well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#15 posted 08-30-2013 01:23 PM

Thanks so much for the kinds words guys! I really appreciate it.
I made two videos. One is longer than the other. I figured I would post the shorter one as I’m not really sure how, where, or what sort of implications would apply with download speed, etc on this site. Anyone have any input for a technology novice?

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