not flat wobble chess set. walnut maple and brass

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 03-15-2015 02:14 PM 6526 views 50 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maybe I’m not quite right in the head but when I saw a picture of this chess set (last pic) I felt compelled and challenged to find out if I could make one myself. Completed the board but that was only half the challenge. Had to acquire a lathe and turn the pieces….......

I knew better than to wrap a straight grain frame around an end grain board but I did it anyway hoping for the best but alas the board expanded and spread the miters so I squared off the corners and added the feet. And no, they’re not floating. They are epoxied to the board and both sides of the frame so I may be asking for more trouble. But since the board has now been sealed all the way around, I’m hoping it doesn’t move. If anything I believe it will shrink…......

Making the pieces was my first experience at turning. Since they were all turned freehand, there’s not any exact duplicates but I think I got them close enough. Used brass half balls for the bottoms which I found online. 1” for the big pieces and 7/8 for the pawns. They won’t lay on their sides. If you try to knock one down they will stand right back up after rocking and dancing around for awhile….....

Only thing left to do is find a pair of pearls or jewels to crown the queens with.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 02:25 PM

Pretty darn cool. And, you can play with the little fellows while you are waiting for your opponent to make his move. Well done!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 02:27 PM

Very inventive, beautiful and interesting.


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#3 posted 03-15-2015 03:13 PM

I really like everything about that, from wood choice to using the brass…its just great…You should be very proud of yourself!!!
G Vavra

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#4 posted 03-15-2015 03:28 PM

Very impressive, and attractive! That would be a great chess set to play on a boat in turbulent water—or, if you live in California and might be playing chess during a moderate earthquake.

Pretty ambitious project for a new turner—nicely done!

-- Lee

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#5 posted 03-15-2015 03:58 PM

Very unusual, but very well done. Realy interesting chess set for a change.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 03-15-2015 04:02 PM

Great idea, looks quite interesting

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 03-15-2015 04:33 PM

Jim, great looking peice.
How did you make/fabricate the contours in the board itself?

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#8 posted 03-15-2015 04:36 PM

Outstanding workmanship Jim!

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#9 posted 03-15-2015 05:12 PM

Really cool.
You nailed it… no I guess you glued and turned it.
No matter, you did it and did it good!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 03-15-2015 05:20 PM

Jim…That is one of the coolest chess boards I have seen…Awesome…!

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#11 posted 03-15-2015 05:37 PM

Cool. Very different and beautiful.

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#12 posted 03-15-2015 05:59 PM

This is awesome man! I love it!

-- Matt Lane,

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#13 posted 03-15-2015 06:03 PM

Thanks for all the comments. For anyone interested in how I formed the board, I just put a quick blog together.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#14 posted 03-15-2015 06:19 PM

This very neat and innovative. I like unusual things like this. I had to read your blog a couple of times and look at the pictures several time before I understood how you made the board squares.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#15 posted 03-15-2015 07:27 PM

Jim, thanks for posting the how you did it blog.

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