|Project by Douger||posted 02-23-2016 07:36 PM||1580 views||22 times favorited||18 comments|
I wanted to make a chess set for my daughter and son-in-law. The board was a no-brainer (although I made mine in quarters, and embedded rare-earth magnets in the edges to join the pieces together), but I needed to make the pieces without a lathe. A bit of searching on the Interwebs turned up this design by F. Lanier Graham, designed in 1966 (http://www.moma.org/collection/works/4746?locale=en), an elegant but simple design in which the pieces are shaped in a way that suggests not only their relative importance, but also the ways in which the various pieces move. The pieces can be nested together into a simple rectangular space.
The pieces (and the board) are made from walnut and hard maple; I rubbed in a coat of Watco Danish Oil and then wiped on a couple of coats of clear satin polyurethane. I have also built a box out of western red cedar to store the board and pieces in, but it’s not finished yet (I’ll add a photo to this post when it’s done).
The little black triangle in the center of the assembled board is for the proper orientation of the board segments—similar to the triangles we often pencil onto parts when we’re laying out parts in woodworking.
If you Google “Lanier Graham Chess Set” you’ll find several images and patterns.
-- Doug, Kansas, http://newwoodshop.wordpress.com