With all the chess talk in the youtube woodworking world the last couple of weeks, my son asked “That’s cool, Can you make me a chess board?” Sure!
“Oh, and wooden pieces, has to have wood or metal pieces.”
Hmm. What did I sign up for here? As an educational tip to other woodworkers, when a child asks a question like this, “Nope” should be a perfectly reasonable answer. After searching wood chess sets on google and yahoo images, my masochism kicked in, and I started getting excited about giving this a try.
I don’t own a lathe. At this point in my woodworking, turning seems to be what golf is to sports – lots of special equipment and unitaskers, a need for both precision, patience, and attention to detail. I don’t golf, for good reason. So I had to come up with another way to make the pieces. There are several books with patterns for chess sets using compound cuts on the scrollsaw. I like scrollin’, and decided that was the way to go. Steve Good has a freebie pattern, but it’s simplicity was kind of a turn-off, since I knew I would end up with probably 30+ hours in this by the time I was done.
So what to do? I didn’t want to spend a lot of time ending up with something ordinary, nor did I want something exotic or visually confusing to a casual player, I decided to go ahead and design my own set in a somewhat traditional style with enough complexity to hide my craptastic scroll skills. <->m already thinking about doing a curved set next. Need to figure out how to attach pictures – hold on, might have figured it out. Nope, nothing seems to be working out for me here.