A Game of Kings and Queens
Brazilian rosewood and maple veneer squares make up this chessboard.
SHOP OWNER: Ed Baranowski
LOCATION: Joppa, MD
This is my second entry to Shop Shots. You have my Wash Stand posted (which is a big seller at our shows). I thank you for the hard work in keeping this site alive!
Pictured is my first attempt at veneering - a Brazilian rosewood/maple chessboard with a walnut chess table. The rosewood makes up the dark squares and border, while the maple makes up the light squares. All squares are two inches as well as the border. I also added a diamond designed mahogany and maple inlay between the playing squares and the border.
The table is made in a Shaker style with tapered legs. I have a homemade tapering jig and set it up so that the inside taper begins seven inches from the top of the leg and ends ¾ of an inch at its bottom. Only two sides are tapered. I cleaned up the cut marks on the jointer.
It includes a felt lined, sliding drawer to store the pieces. The drawer opens to the player's side for easy use. For a decorative touch, I also routed a small bead on the bottom edge of the aprons. Of course, all the legs are joined using mortise and tenon joints. The legs receive ½ inch mortises, ½ inch deep and cut about ¼ inch from the edge of the leg to allow a small reveal in the apron. The aprons have ½ inch tenons along with a slot, cut with a saw blade, ½ inch from the top to allow for table fastening clips.
I've also made a board and table for myself out of solid oak and maple. I used stair balusters for legs since I do not have room in my shop for a lathe. The chessboard makes a fine gift for anyone and is easier to make than I thought.. . . Ed Baranowski
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