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So, this is the chess table I built to go along with the hardware chess set I made. The instructable for the chess set itself can be found here.

The chess table has a wooden case with a drawer on each end, tapered legs and a ceramic tile top surrounded by metal. Lots of screws, corner brackets and decorative handles complete the look. It is finished in a mission oak stain. I hope you enjoy it.

(This project uses power tools. If you are going to attempt it, be sure you know how to use your tools safely. Also, when cutting metal, a lot of sparks will be generated so be sure there is nothing flammable nearby when doing this.)

Step 1: Materials and Tools

2' × 2' × 1/2" plywood
1/8" × 1 1/4" steel angle - 3 foot lengths × 2
1 × 4 pine board - 4 feet long
1 × 6 pine board - 6 feet long
1 × 8 pine board - 2 feet long
2 × 6 pine board - 8 feet long
2" × 2" tile (black and white, sold in 12" squares held together with glue)
Steel mending plates and corner brackets
Construction adhesive
Two in one wood stain and polyurethane
Wood glue
Wood filler
Citric acid
Gun blue
Metal clear coat
Screws (1/2", 3/4" and 1 1/4")
Furniture glides
Cabinet handles

Mitre saw (with both a wood cutting blade and a metal cutting blade)
Table saw
Drill press
Brad nailer
Dremel rotary tool
Paint brush
cmpandit13 months ago
Good idea. And it is interesting that you want to make a chess table when you don't play chess, as seen from the fact that you have set up the table wrong. The white square is always to be on the right hand side corner.
me-again100 (author)  cmpandit13 months ago
My cat concurs. White should be on the right. My bad.
donfrench3 months ago
I am surprised that someone who makes their own chess set and table (nice job, BTW), doesn't know how to set up the pieces.
me-again100 (author)  donfrench3 months ago
Lol didn't know the white on the right rule until just now. Ah well.
Ah well, live and learn. My son built a beautiful chess table in shop class many years ago that was oblong and you really couldn't easily play on it with the pieces set up correctly because you had a long expanse of wood between you and the pieces. I never said anything to him about it of course. I guess I was not as charitable this time. LOL! The table is really nice! And it does not present the same problem as my son's did. In fact, I like the idea of having the piece drawers on the same sides as where the players sit.
Aarushk13 months ago
This is the kind of thing that's going to be auctioned at Sotheby's in a century for a few million dollars.
me-again100 (author)  Aarushk13 months ago
Lol thanks.
WVSundown3 months ago
Absolutely gorgeous!! Great job!
me-again100 (author)  WVSundown3 months ago
It looks just wonderful with the tiles :D
me-again100 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 months ago
Thanks! :)
Alex in NZ4 months ago
Great little games table. I love the way you used ceramic tiles for the board. I spent a fortune (and far too long) to make a chess board out of maple and saligna. The tiles look great. Thank you for sharing :-)
me-again100 (author)  Alex in NZ4 months ago
Nick705875 months ago
This is a really nice table. I think I'm going to try it. Good job!
me-again100 (author)  Nick705875 months ago
Thank you