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Blog entry by Alan Young posted 06-23-2008 05:27 PM 1617 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Dad will turn 80 this fall. I have been working on a project for his birthday. The entire project is a chess set, board and table. This is a tough project to photograph. I’ll be taking it to a site later this week that will offer better lighting conditions and back ground. But for now here are some pictures.

The Table is Poplar-The finish is flat black enamel with Black Lacquer. The corner pediments are all brass-except the top sphere-which is a maple wood ball with Gold enamel and Clear Lacquer.

I turned the chess pieces from aluminum. The board is maple and walnut.

The bases for the nights are actually-cold rolled steel. I cut the aluminum horse profiles on a bandsaw then finished the look with files and punches…

I had hoped to make one set from Aluminum and one from Brass- the brass costs were just too far from my budget. So I made both sets from aluminum and finished them in enamel..The dark set was sprayed flat black first then “dusted” with the gold….I like the bronze tone that resulted…..Thanks for looking….
Alan



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#1 posted 06-23-2008 05:36 PM

Exquisite! Your dad should love it.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#2 posted 06-23-2008 06:25 PM

What a fantastic gift.

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#3 posted 06-23-2008 07:02 PM

BEAUTIFUL can’t wait to see more pictures!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 06-23-2008 07:54 PM

Greg Wurst beat me to it – Exquisite! Superb craftsmanship and finely detailed.

A most excellent job!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#5 posted 06-23-2008 08:06 PM

Wow! What word can I use to descibe this? Mmmm… exquisite! that’s it! Very nice, I especially like the chessmen, ‘er, chesspersons, ah, chess pieces… :)

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#6 posted 06-23-2008 08:25 PM

Great combo. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#7 posted 06-23-2008 11:35 PM

This is one of the finest sets I have seen. Your father will treasure it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 06-24-2008 03:59 AM

Wow! That is a gorgeous chess set. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 06-24-2008 05:29 AM

I like it. Now let them do battle ;)

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#10 posted 06-24-2008 06:05 AM

If these pics don’t do it justice I’d like to see the new ones! What a beautiful project. Great job! Your Dad will love it.

-- He who hesitates is lost...

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#11 posted 06-24-2008 06:09 AM

Very nice!

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#12 posted 06-24-2008 10:01 AM

Excellent work Alan. A great acquisition for your dad.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 06-24-2008 02:36 PM

Thank you all my friends here at Lumberjocks for your kind words. I live 900 miles away from Dad and the rest of my family, so travel back home has become even more precious with gas pricing etc.
I am looking forward to delivering this in a few months.

Alan

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#14 posted 06-25-2008 03:25 AM

Excellent job! Amazing craftsmanship.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 07-15-2008 09:25 AM

Alan,
You do such wonderfull work, with such intense detail, very much a labor of love.

You Dad is very lucky, what a b’day present!!

How did you join the horse’s body to the steel base? epoxy?

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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