For years I wanted a chess table that was well made, not too big or overpriced, and one with some elegance, but not so immaculate that I would have to play it with caution.  Add to that, I wanted four stable legs, not a pedestal style.

Since I couldn’t find any well made chess tables that fit this criteria, I decided to design one and bring it to market in small numbers. Although the initial design received some very positive comments it was missing adequate space next to the chess playing area for those captured pieces and if desired, a chess timer. For a chess table that will be played often that’s pretty important!

Now I had to rethink the design without sacrificing key aspects of the unique design, namely

– The chess table should not take up too much living space, yet be comfortable to sit and play.
– It must setup and take down efficiently for easy, ultra-compact storage.
– Be a multi-use table with a JLP Chess Board playable without the table frame when desired.

After considering all the input and reworking the design slightly, the new table was finalized. I am very pleased with the design and proud to have it on display.

Chess Table

The unusual design makes it compact for storage and shipment, and quite easy to assemble and disassemble. This is what you would receive. And if you already own the chessboard, you need just the table frame portion.

Chess Table Ready to Assemble


An elegant, spacing-saving chess table design

Furniture smooth clear coat finish brings out the solid construction of the maple and walnut hardwoods. Subtle arcs soften the entire design.


The playing surface is slightly raised and there is plenty of space for captured pieces


or a chess timer.


For an entirely minimalist look, the side shelves release and store inside the table.


Brass bushings then punctuate the side panels.


Personalize the chess table

Multiple chessboard surfaces let you customize the table to your liking, even with engraved personalization.

Personalize the chess table

Raised Panel

Personalize the chess table with a raised panel wooden board

Queen Anne

Personalize the chess table with a Queen Anne wooden board


Personalize the chess table with a Designer wooden board

Unique Chess Table Design

The chess board is easily raised and removed with a lever beneath, revealing additional storage inside the table.

The chessboard shown removed from the chess table

If you prefer a felted side panel, simply invert them.

Chess Table with side shelves shown felted side up.

Chess Table Assembly

The chess table is assembled relatively easily with interlocking parts.

Interior of the chess table

Here, the lever that raises the chess table board surface can be seen.

Interior and side panel of chess table

The entire kit is very compact, and comes with everything short of a rubber mallet, the only tool you’ll need to supply.

The chess table kit.

Making a Chess Table Uniquely Yours

The chess pieces you choose make the table completely your style.

Chess table with matching hardwood box in walnut and maple.

This is one of our in-house designs.

Chess Table with box and in-house design pieces

Piece movement is depicted on the top of each piece. There are even extra queens.

Chess table with in-house design pieces setup.

Imagine this chess table in your home.

The chess table as it might look in your home.

Key features at a glance
– Multi-purpose table surface is also chessboard you can play independently
– Inside storage for pieces, chess clock, etc.
– Assembles easily with no specialized tools
– 100% USA made from sustainably sourced Walnut and Maple
– Each chess table hand made with great care by experienced craftsman
– At 30″ height with arched skirting, it’s comfortable to sit and play.

30″ Table Height (29.5″ without board)
22″ Width
3″ Inside Storage Height
25lbs Table Weight with board
18lbs 10oz Table Frame Weight (without board)

Video of chess table assembly and features


Discuss the chess table design

I welcome your comments! Like, dislike? Have you made your own table? Do you own a table?