Making a chess table part 1

Making a chess table  part 1


It started as just an idea and then it turned into a plan making the chessboard I wanted something
different, unique a one of a kind I rip 3/4″ maple and
Walnut into 2 1/4″ strips I also rip 1/4″ maple and
walnut into 2 1/4″ strips That’s been done before!! i cut all the strips into 2 1/4″
square blocks it’s important to cut them all at once
with the same setting for my design I will be using the Sun and the Ravens the Suns are glued to the 1/4″
walnut squares and the Ravens are glued to the 1/4″ maple squares the walnut suns are taped to the 3/4″ maple squares and the Maple Ravens to the 3/4″ walnut squares I spot the holes with an all so that the
one thirty-second inch drill bit knows where to start for the thirty two suns I drill 32 holes in each that’s 1,024 holes the Ravens only get 24 holes in each
that’s a grand total 1792 holes drilled now to the scroll saw I tilt the table about 2 decrease to the right using a number one Pol-er blade I make all my cuts in a counter-clockwise
direction I make one continuous cut so I start and finish at the same hole to keep track of where the parts go I
place them on a full size pattern the first few I made I cut the 3/4″ pieces down and filled in the bottom of the hole then when the inlay was complete I would still end up with a solid block
this turned out to be way too time consuming because I’m cutting a total of 1″
thick stock the fine blades I useing are only good for three to four squares it took 18 blades to cut all 64 squares by cutting at a 2 degree angle the pieces
are tapered and when I put them back in a whole
fills if fills the saw kerf to make a tight fit the total time to make each where just two and a half
hours and there are only 64 squares thats about 160 hours after a quick standing the squares come
alive I have a board with two stops at 90
degrees to keep the part square one gluing
I mounted 2 clamps on the bottom and I would glue up one row at a time I’m using 1/8″ cherry strips between each block and between each row the first four squares face one
direction and the second floor are reverse so they each face the
players I used maple and walnut wood filler to
fill any holes left from the drill after much standing a glue on some
quarter-inch plywood to help stabilize the board even though
you’ll only see 1/8″ of to edge of the board I made it thick to keep it from warping. in part two this video I will be makin the custom table for the board with
dovetail drawers in a one-of-a-kind pedestal base

53 thoughts on “Making a chess table part 1

  1. David, my name is Brett Siegel, I just sent you a friend request on Facebook.  Wanted to ask you a question or two.  Thanks.

  2. hats off to your talent.I have no words to describe this.At what price you want to sell this masterpiece. Did you got any buyer.

  3. Unfortunately I can give only one "like " , this one deserves a lot more than one:) just AMAZING! Love it
    Did you already sold this magnificent work of art?

  4. This is the most incredible display of patient craftsmanship I have ever seen. I make some larger furniture but I'll be lucky if I ever achieve the level of skill and detail that is displayed in these videos. If I had the money I'd own that chessboard.

  5. It does look amazing but there were a lot of other ways to make it that wouldn't have required as much time and would have turned out about the same, if not the same, result.

  6. This is an incredible board, I can't comprehend the amount of work and commitment required to finish a project like this, personally, I believe that having each tile face the side of its color would provide a more consistent look to the board, but its your table and I respect your decisions.

  7. This is one of those jobs that CNC routers are literally made for. could knock that project out in a day with vcarve and some careful setup. Still, hats off to your patience and craftsmanship. You are a better man than I. lol

  8. At 7:00, you say "there are only 64 squares". Including those used for decoration of the table, I counted 64 in the board, 28 along the edges of the table, and 64 decorating the legs. That's 156 tiles, and 4368 pieces that had to be fret-sawed out. You must have been pretty glad to cut the last piece.
    It's certainly a lovely finished product. If you charged $10/hour, it would be pretty valuable too!

    3 people dis'd this. What's their case?!

  9. I stand in awe. This is the ultimate demonstration of the dignity of human craft and patience. The ancient Egyptians or Romans couldn't have done better.

  10. Absolutely beautiful. How much to buy a board/table like that!? Much appreciated and congrats again on a work of art.
    -A competitive chess player 🙂

  11. I started watching at video number 2. I would have put money on these squares being CNC. Impressive is not nearly strong enough of a word for this.

  12. Wow. You definitely achieved what you sought after. Different. Unique and 1 of a kind. Incredible work.

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