Here is a picture of a chess table I built. The design is very simple - made of pine, heavier mass, and slightly tapered legs.
The chess board on top is flat black paint, which was applied before finishing the piece with Polycrylic. The drawer holds the chess pieces.
This table has more of an arts-and-crafts feel, being it is made of cherry and has a simple design. I built this for a school auction.
The chessboard top is made of tiles that kids from the school created (my DW owned this part of the project).