|Project by Brett StClair||posted 08-09-2009 09:10 AM||2032 views||5 times favorited||8 comments|
A combination of Paduk, Maple, Walnut and a yellowish wood that I cant remember the name of make up this gaming center.
Just under the chess board on top are 2 drawers (accessed from the facing and back sides) that contain the hand turned chess pieces. As my carving skills aren’t quite up to the task I created the Knights from an idea I saw in a magazine where instead of the typical horse carving that most chess sets come with you turn the Knights on a lathe and use a centered and then eccentric mounting technic to give the impression of a knight’s helmet.
—edited since first posting—I forgot to mention… (and I mention it now because I am kinda proud I thought of it) Because the chess pieces are so small and did not have much weight to them I needed to weight them at the base. I epoxied some Nickels to the bottom of each piece (see the shiny ring at the base of each piece). They give the pieces enough stability to avoid accidental tipovers and as an added feature… The red paduk pieces show heads and the white maple pieces (not shown) show tails. In this way you flip a coin to see who gets red or white and goes first.
Under the top chess section and chess piece dwrs is a third larger dwr (see the 2 rectangular walnut shapes in the dwr. The larger of the 2 unfolds into the backgammon board shown in the picture. I Inlayed the triangles for the board with paduk and maple. On the sides are slots for the backgammon pieces and dice. The smaller of the 2 walnut boards is a cribbage board that also unfolds (not shown) to hold a deck of cards and the cribbage pegs.
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