Chess set-- learning as I go #1: First steps

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Blog entry by Orthodork posted 05-02-2009 10:16 AM 1143 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to create a chess set in which the pieces would be the ‘names’ of each piece—I’m pretty new to woodworking, so this is a learn as I go process. I’ve started by doing some basic prototyping of the ‘pawns’


Here’s the first go at them—the ‘real’ ones will have some sort of symbol at the top, to make the board easier to ‘read’. They will also likely be thinner, and won’t be made out of scrap plywood, which splinters and misbehaves when futzing with the scroll saw (note the malformed ‘w’).

I tried a second prototype, but didn’t like the lack of distinction between the ‘a’ and ‘w’, but used a few ideas in the final template. Here you can see some early sketches, the second prototype, and final template:


I doubt I’ll go into this level of detail here with each piece, but I thought it interesting to show the initial process. I’m just using a scroll saw to do this work.

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#1 posted 05-02-2009 12:34 PM

A very interesting approach and is likely to be very time consuming. I’m looking forward to following this blog as well as the finished set

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#2 posted 05-02-2009 03:59 PM

unique. I like it.

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#3 posted 05-02-2009 05:11 PM

Unique Idea can’t wait to see the finished product. Welcome to LJs.

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#4 posted 05-02-2009 06:53 PM

Yeah, I suspect it will take some time, but hopefully will be rewarding; if someone has wood suggestions for the ‘real’ pieces, I’m all ears. It should be fairly inexpensive, and ‘forgiving’. I’ll probably make a mistake or two with the sawing, and don’t want to be crying that I’ve ruined at $20 3” piece of wood or whatnot. :-).

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