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A while back a good friend of mine asked if I would make him a chess table. Long story short, we agreed on what he wanted and just how much "artistic license" I could use. *LOL*..

well, here is the end result..
Primary wood is walnut, table top is walnut burl, Chess board is Paduak and Maple...
The pin stripping is American Holly. I finished the top with a hand rubbed lacquer proces. Extremely difficult to get right, but oh my, well worth the effort. In this case, it took FIVE efforts to get it right...but in the end, it came out just gorgeous..Did a flock job on the drawers. This stuff was/is the real deal and after having used it several times now, I'm sold on doing it this way..much preferred over the peel and stick options out there. Hope yunz enjoy the pics..

apologies for the quality and lack of quanity of pics..

bill

comments, critiques welcome :)
 

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Check Mate Bill!

Very nice From top to bottom, your friend is lucky. Love the Walnut Burl and all of the techniques you used. I just noticed that you used different wood for each set of drawer dividers, nice touch. Personal preference for me would have been the burgandy colored (Cardinal?) Flock but still a very nice quality project.
 

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Thank ya Jim,,, appreciate the comments :)

btw.. I'm with ya on using a burgundy or wine color for the other drawer. To be honest, I just didn't want to be bothered ordering the glue and flock. This was one of those projects that although I was very pleased with the end result, I was just happy to get it out of the shop...

John (the new owner) was absolutely thrilled with it. In fact, he gave me an extra 100 bucks above what we had agreed upon. His mom (99 years old next month, God bless her), was tickled pink and her caregiver was taken aback as well. In fact, the guy I followed down to John's house to deliver the table, took one look and ordered one himself...
 

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That is beautiful, Bill.

So many different components. Did you order plans or work it up yourself?
 

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Thank you James...

All pretty much done between the ears. this one was a great exercise in Angles..all told the cut list went over 200 pieces


That is beautiful, Bill.

So many different components. Did you order plans or work it up yourself?
 

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Thanks RR...

Yes I am a chess player, but far from even being considered good at it..


Nice job! Are you a chess player?
Roman
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Bill, in all my time on the forums this table is one of the nicest projects I have seen. How many hours went into this project? Any thing you would of done differently? The only thing missing is a set of triple weighted tournament pieces. Well done Bubba!
 

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Now that is definitely slick.
 

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Bill that is very impressive if not very daunting and at the same time inspirational. Congratulations.
 

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Camero: slamming is a new one to me *S*. Thank you for the compliment..The new owner got a kick out of the drawers as well...

That is a slamming project! I dig how the pieces can be neatly tucked in the drawers! Excellent build!
 
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