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Project by Alan Young posted 12-03-2015 02:47 PM 976 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chess set was designed and built for my Son-in-law when he took a new Job with a Start-Up in San Francisco. The set reflects the color schemes of the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders football teams.The playing squares are 2” by 2”. They were individually cut pieces of 1/8th inch plywood- each color scheme is spray painted then glued to a larger 1/2” plywood board. A double frame in Black and Red complete the top. Two layers of poured epoxy finish give the top a durable, smooth, unified playing surface.The playing pieces are turned from aluminum stock and filled with lead pellets for a bit more “heft”. The pawns are turned to resemble footballs. The storage drawers are covered in green flocking.The finish for the playing pieces is automotive model paint.The drawer knobs are also shaped like footballs.

More pictures can be seen here:
http://www.woodwardwoodworks.com/49rsRaidersChessSet.html





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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 12-03-2015 03:03 PM

That’s some chess set! I hope your son-in-law finds time to use and enjoy it. Start-ups can be very demanding on time and energy. Chess could be a great relaxation or a way to plot strategy!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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greg48

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 04:05 PM

Alan,
Don”t know ‘bout relaxation or strategy, but I do know that is a fine looking project. Hats off to you.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#3 posted 12-03-2015 04:15 PM

Awesome project.

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#4 posted 12-03-2015 04:25 PM

Very cool. But you need to call a penalty on the Niner’s for illegal formation. ;-)

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#5 posted 12-03-2015 05:38 PM

Nicely done! I’m not so sure about the Raider’s pieces but the 49er’s look great!
Yes, I am a 49er fan. (not too much to brag about this year though).
Thanks for sharing.

-- Chem, Central California

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#6 posted 12-03-2015 06:35 PM

Alan,

I’ve been a fan of chess (and da Bears) for many years now. Great gift to someone you really like. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 12-04-2015 01:44 AM

I grew up in the Bay Area and have been to many 49ers games. The last game I went to (before I moved away) was a Niners versus Raiders game, Monday Night Football – Jerry Rice tied and broke the touchdown record that night. I remember the rowdy Raiders fans stirring up everything in sight before the game and leaving with their tails between their legs at the end….

-- I can complicate anything

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#8 posted 12-04-2015 04:58 AM

Realy excellent project and wonderful gift. You can realy see the effort you put in this project. Colors are realy unique for chess board and figures.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 12-04-2015 12:00 PM

Outstanding…

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#10 posted 12-04-2015 01:38 PM

You did s beautiful job on this chess set and board.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 12-05-2015 03:35 PM

Most impressive. How long did it take you from start to finish?

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Alan Young

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#12 posted 12-08-2015 05:51 PM

Thanks for all the comments!


Most impressive. How long did it take you from start to finish?

- Knothead62

It’s hard to add the numbers as I did the chess pieces in a metal shop and the board and case in my home woodworking shop- I can say I started the chess pieces in Late August and finished the board and case in mid November-Most work was done in evenings and weekends or lunch hours—-

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#13 posted 12-09-2015 08:36 PM

So what do you do to it when the Raiders move back to LA or maybe it is going to be someplace in Texas.

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