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This checkerboard table is made from maple and walnut wood.

Step 1: Strips

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"

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

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

After measuring, cut the frame. Glue and clamp.

Step 5: Slats

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

Step 6: Add Checkerboard

Drop in the checkerboard and glue. Let dry overnight.

Step 7: Legs and Support

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

Step 8: Finish

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

Step 9: Completed Checkerboard

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

<p>That's a good looking project. Curious why you set the checkerboard below the surface of the rest of the table.</p>
<p>It keeps the checkers from falling off the table, especially if you have younger kids playing. Actually thought it enhanced the appearance, also. </p>
<p>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.</p>

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