After 5 months of working most weekends 10+ hour days, I finally managed to finish my chess table. I did not turn my own chess pieces, that I purchased. However the rest is all me. It is made of Wenge and Birds Eye Maple. Everything was made using hand tools - no electricity involved other than the occasional bandsaw assist and my lights.
Here is the SketchUp design:
And the raw materials (thank you West Wind Hardwood):