Larry Ciesla Woodworking

chessboard detailed construction

Walnut  chessboard table with curley maple and wenge squares.  An accent border of maple and wenge separates the field from the walnut edging.

The table features a small drawer that can open from either end.  Drawer construction is a simple rabbit joint reinforced with brass dowels.

Strips of 3/4 inch baltic birch plywood form the core of the chessboard.  1/8 in laminates of wenge and maple are cut to the same width as the plywood laminates.  1/8 inch oak strips are used as a balancing veneer on the bottom of each strip.

A sandwich of face veneer (wenge in this case,) the baltic birch plywood core and the backing veneer is prepared.  Each chessboard has a total of eight strips, four dark and four light.  Cauls and clamps are used ensure even clamping pressure while the glue sets up.

Dark and light strips are edge glued as the first step to form the field.

Strips with alternating dark and white squares are created by ripping on the table saw.  By flipping each strip the resulting chessboard begins to emerge.

The walnut table legs are tapered on the inside. 

Extreme precision is required for the miter joints.