Oak Chess Set Chest

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Project by paulg posted 11-14-2016 05:45 PM 1181 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been 3 + years since I made the Paris chess set with my scroll saw and I thought it was time to make a chest for housing it with a view to selling it at a Christmas Craft fair. I have used a mixture of solid oak and oak veneers with a kingwood inlay on the top.
On an earlier model I made for another set, there was an issue of the pieces rattling a bit when the top half hinged over to reveal the board, I have addressed this and by reducing the depth of the 2 halves this problem has been solved.
The board is made with sycamore and walnut veneer

-- paulg,North Norfolk,England.

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#1 posted 11-14-2016 07:58 PM

Wow what a concept and execution, Your craftsmanship is excelled in this piece … I really like the band inlay it just sets it all off.
This is the crowning glory to the chess set. ... Kudos my friend.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 11-14-2016 09:36 PM

Very impressive…....everything is so well done. I especially love the chess pieces.

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#3 posted 11-14-2016 10:09 PM

This is a beautiful set and you have done a fine job on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 11-15-2016 12:45 AM

excellent craftsmanship and nice design, I’ll add this to favorites since I may want to steal the idea. Thanks for posting

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

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#5 posted 11-15-2016 01:35 AM

This is definitely well thought out. Love the choice of woods and the design is awesome. Love the side handles also. Thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 11-15-2016 02:32 AM

Incredible work, love it

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 11-15-2016 10:02 AM

beautiful and well thought out board , great build

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 11-15-2016 10:42 AM

Impressive. The accuracy here has to be frustrating, but oh so satisfying when it comes together.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 11-15-2016 12:41 PM

Really nice work with your set and the board/chest.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#10 posted 11-15-2016 03:13 PM

simply beautiful …..... GREAT JOB


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#11 posted 11-16-2016 08:12 AM

Wow! One of the coolest chess boxes I’ve seen! Figurines are excellent too. How much will you price it on fair?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 11-16-2016 12:23 PM

Thankyou everyone for your very kind comments, Hi Majuvla, the price is very difficult to set, it is about trying to get a fair amount for the many hours I have spent making it and balancing it with what I think somebody would pay, I am looking at high hundreds to £1000.

-- paulg,North Norfolk,England.

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#13 posted 11-18-2016 01:38 AM

i’m super impressed – great work

-- Greg Simon

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#14 posted 11-19-2016 09:51 PM

Thanks Greg.

-- paulg,North Norfolk,England.

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#15 posted 11-20-2016 12:33 AM

Wow! Plenty of classy work throughout, exceptional craftsmanship.

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