Introduction: Checkerboard Table

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This checkerboard table is made from maple and walnut wood.

Step 1: Strips

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Strips of wood were cut from maple and walnut. Alternate each strip, one maple, one walnut. Glue the strips together. You can use a size that is the best fit for your checkers. Standard, small, or large.

Step 2: Making It "checkered"

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After strip were glued together, cut across the strips. Every other strip was then flipped and glued to give it the "checkered" look.

Step 3: Sanding

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Sand, sand, sand to get it as smooth as possible. Then walnut was chosen for the the frame to surround the checkerboard.

Step 4: Framing

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After measuring, cut the frame. Glue and clamp.

Step 5: Slats

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Cut slats that will support the checkerboard. Glue and use screws to secure.

Step 6: Add Checkerboard

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Drop in the checkerboard and glue. Let dry overnight.

Step 7: Legs and Support

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Attach legs by using screws and a Kreg jig. Support boards will help make it more sturdy.

Step 8: Finish

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Apply several coats of clear coat to get your desired sheen.

Step 9: Completed Checkerboard

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Enjoy playing a game of checkers on your newly completed table.

Comments

jgscott987 (author)2017-04-08

That's a good looking project. Curious why you set the checkerboard below the surface of the rest of the table.

varmitwife (author)jgscott9872017-04-08

It keeps the checkers from falling off the table, especially if you have younger kids playing. Actually thought it enhanced the appearance, also.

mrsmerwin (author)varmitwife2017-04-09

I noticed you had sunk the playing surface. I thought it was just a nice look. I like that it is functional too. If you have it recessed enough, you may be able to place a plexiglass cover over a game in progress.

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