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My son Daniel was into fighting battles with armies of men on table tops. So he asked me to make him a table. He also wanted a chess table.

So this is what I designed for him.

The table has 3 tops.

The first is Birds-eye Maple and that surface has an edge around it to keep men from falling off the war surface.

The second is a chess table surface with Santos Rosewood and Olive Ash Burl and Leopardwood around the outside.

The third is the flip side of the chess table and it contains Angel Step Maple. It's kind of like Footprints on a Maple background.

The table is made out of Black oak.

The first picture is shown with the chess table piece removed.

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Nice chess board! Love to play on a great board like that.
 

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That's a very smart design and a very usable table. Or should I say tables?
 

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Karson, this is very nice. Are the insert tops solid wood or veneered wood?
 

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The table surfaces are all veneered over mdf with solid wood on the edges of the table surfaces.
 

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Yes, that chessboard is fantastic.
 

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Dad -

Very nice. I didn't know you were taking order!! HAHA. Great quality work - as usual!!!

Karrie
 

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Karson,

This looks great. Keep up the good work.

Susie
 

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i was wondering what kinds of jointery you can use on legs and the leafs to keep them up? would dowels, or biscuts work? im thinking that mortise and tennon would be the best, but i was just wondering if dowels would be strong enough? thanks!
 

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very very nice! i wanna do another one and put it into a table! i love it!
 

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Louis: The aprons had mortise and tendon into the legs. the lower table top is screwed to the aprons with Z clips.

The side around the table had a dado grove that went around the lower table surface and there was a dado to hold the top table surface up by about 1/4" off the lower surface.

I used solid wood on the edges of the plywood prior to veneering them. and a cut a small grove where the fingers would go on the upper table surface to allow you to lift it out easier.
 

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A great table set there Karson. Incorporating some of that in the Thorsen table?
 

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No The Thorsen is trying some new skills.
 

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Wow Karson, That's gorgeous!
 

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Geez, that is wonderful. That chessboard is amazingly nice!
 

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Updated with a minor description on the first picture. It has the chess surface removed and placed off to the side.
 
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