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Max' Chess Table

28/12/2020 11:16 Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia)

This beautiful chess table is a Christmas present that I made for my son Max. He loves chess and it looks like he is actually quite good at it; using the internet to play chess with like minded people. But I think, seeing and feeling actual chess pieces enhances the experience, therefore that table. And as all my woodwork projects, this one too starts with a detailed sketch:
OK, maybe not that detailed...
OK, maybe not that detailed...
The finished table before treatment with boiled linseed oil
The finished table before treatment with boiled linseed oil
Of course there was a little bit more to it. I actually made a better drawing in scale 1:1 on a sheet of plywood. It shows the table frame from top. As the table top is round, the table frame needs to be round too. Here is how it's done:
The drawing, showing a quarter of the table
The drawing, showing a quarter of the table
I started with the chess board. I used Baltic pine and Merbau for it. Unfortunately it was too humid in my workshop at the time, so I had to wait for the summer to come
I started with the chess board. I used Baltic pine and Merbau for it. Unfortunately it was too humid in my workshop at the time, so I had to wait for the summer to come
Proceeding with the table frame in the mean time; the table frame will be round, so I cut 2mm pine sheets for it
Proceeding with the table frame in the mean time; the table frame will be round, so I cut 2mm pine sheets for it
That I glued together around a very sturdy mould
That I glued together around a very sturdy mould
Putting it on top of the drawing to control the shape
Putting it on top of the drawing to control the shape
Four of them are required to close the circle
Four of them are required to close the circle
Adding the edge band using groove and tongue
Adding the edge band using groove and tongue
Before cutting the mitre joints
Before cutting the mitre joints
Glueing the first two edge bands (the ones with groove and tongue)
Glueing the first two edge bands (the ones with groove and tongue)
Then the two remaining ones
Then the two remaining ones
Looks good so far
Looks good so far
The cut-out done with a jigsaw
The cut-out done with a jigsaw
After four hours sanding the edge by hand - ouch
After four hours sanding the edge by hand - ouch
I got myself a bandsaw to do the tenons
I got myself a bandsaw to do the tenons
A drill press abused to do the mortice
A drill press abused to do the mortice
The legs shall follow the round of the table top too, so I did use a cut-off to mark the curve. Getting it done is once again a lot of work using a (manual) plain.
The legs shall follow the round of the table top too, so I did use a cut-off to mark the curve. Getting it done is once again a lot of work using a (manual) plain.
A first check if all fits together
A first check if all fits together
Fitting in the rail guides for the drawer
Fitting in the rail guides for the drawer
Finally, gluing it all
Finally, gluing it all
The small straps will hold the table top in place
The small straps will hold the table top in place
The drawer front is also laminated from wood strips at a larger radius
The drawer front is also laminated from wood strips at a larger radius
The drawer itself has a rectangular shape
The drawer itself has a rectangular shape
Bright colours after the treatment with linseed oil
Bright colours after the treatment with linseed oil
Finally Christmas 24/12/2020 - unpacking!
Finally Christmas 24/12/2020 - unpacking!
And showing mum how it's done ;o)
And showing mum how it's done ;o)