Welcome back to another installment of the chess corner! Today’s topic are turning knights for a chess set.
I would say the knights are the most difficult piece to create as you have to turn it, then carve it out of whatever wood you are using for the set which may end up being tricky. There is two ways to so this, turn the base on the lathe then carve out the head with chisels and rifler files or carve the head separately then glue it onto a ready made base. I personally opt for the first just because then the grain of the wood would be more consistent right thru the piece. This is my first and only knight and I have never carved before. It looks a bit like a duck but the wood I selected for practice was actually quite punky just under the back of the head and I had to stop. The wood turned was from box elder with no finish. Knights are typically 2” – 2 1/2 ” tall with a 1 1/2” diameter base which suits about a 2 1/4” square chessboard +-1/4” Thanks for joining me again for another installment of the chess corner, until next time happy turning! I’ll be happy to answer any questions.
-- Mike, Airdrie Alberta