Saturday, December 16, 2017

From Old Coffee Table to Custom Chessboard

Every once in a while I get the opportunity to do something really creative in my field of furniture refinishing and this project was a great example of that. My dad found this vintage oak coffee table at an antique shop and called me about making it into a chessboard for him. I grew up playing chess with my dad and thought that this was something he could use to play chess with my children. It would also make a great heirloom to hand down one day. I got started by stripping the old finish off of the table first. We then made the individual squares to make up the chessboard (courtesy of Jarvis Woodworks, Thanks Jason!) If you didn't know, a chessboard is made up of 64 squares. I then glued in each individual square with wood glue. After drying, I distressed the whole piece applying random worm holes and dents here and there to simulate a worn look. I then prep sanded the whole piece and stained the wood using "Distressed Pine''. To finish off I sprayed 2 coats of Conversion Varnish clear sealer. This will insure years of use and exceptional durability. If your looking for a custom piece don't hesitate to give me a call. Thanks for looking!

BEFORE: STRIPPED, BOARD GLUED IN & SANDED


AFTER: STAINED & CLEAR COATED

DAD'S CHESS PIECES ALL SET UP



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