I wanted to build such a table, with tournament proportions, which could alternatively be used as a coffee table too.
In addition, I didn't want to spend too much time on it, and had no woodworking tools with me at the time !
So I started looking for reusable materials, and ended up with this little table.
Here is how it was done ...
PS: English is not my mother tongue, so I apologize if things are not always clear.
Step 1: Materials
- A sturdy cardboard square box (about 60cm width , 20cm height).
Mine came from a famous Swedish furniture shop :p
- Thick (0.5mm) colored construction paper for the chessboard. You will obviously need two colors.
You should have enough paper to cut 32 (5cm x 5cm) squares of each color.
I found sheets of white and black paper in a hobby shop
- A square (40cm) plexiglas sheet.
I found mine (and had it cut to size) in a poster shop.
- A square (40cm) of thin cardboard
Choose the cardboard so that its thickness added to the plexiglas thickness is inferior to the box's thickness.
- PVA glue
- Black paint
I don't have the prices for the materials, but none of them are really expensive.