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Project by Les Casteel posted 03-10-2010 04:45 PM 5593 views 21 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I build Maloof style rockers and chairs most of the year but when its cold, I’m often found in the basement, carving. This years project was an “Arkansas Hillbilly” chess set. ....And Yes, the queen is barefoot and pregnant. The rook is an outhouse, the bishop a preacher man, the knight is an Arkansas mule. The set is made of Walnut, Ash, Basswood, and MDF. The figures are carved from Basswood, they sit on turned pieces of either Walnut or Ash depending if they are part of the black or white group of chess pieces. The board is made from a base of MDF with walnut trim and walnut and ash squares. For weight large steel washers were embedded into drilled holes and epoxied in.

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 04:50 PM

Great idea, well done. Very cool, really liking this. That’s some great hand work…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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noknot

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 04:54 PM

You imagination is fantastic it looks like my neighbors family reunion

-- GO DAWGS!

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George Barreras

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 04:56 PM

Very nicely done a unique idea thanks for sharing.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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hrvoje

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 04:57 PM

that is so cool :D:D:

-- hrvoje

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Donlore

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 05:20 PM

Great job! I’ve always wanted an unusual chess set and you’ve got one here. Maybe someday I’ll try my hand at carving. Well done.

-- Don, Indiana, http://www.rusticcocoon.com

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ohwoodeye

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 05:38 PM

Really, really cool.
Since it is only 2 pieces may I make a suggestion to change the king? King hillbilly sitting on his throne (toilet) -reading a newspaper. Or in a lazyboy with a remote.
Just my 2 cents.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 05:58 PM

Les, this is a really cute chess set. You have such a vivid imagination to go with your talent at carving.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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mrg

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#8 posted 03-10-2010 06:10 PM

Very cool.

-- mrg

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lumberdustjohn

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 06:23 PM

Nice job!
Great conversational piece.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 06:51 PM

Fantastic !!! Great.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#11 posted 03-10-2010 07:15 PM

I love it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 03-10-2010 07:26 PM

I love it too! Imaginative and very good carving.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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DaddyZ

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#13 posted 03-10-2010 07:39 PM

Very Cool Set, Ma & Pa says ged goin yehaw.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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JJohnston

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#14 posted 03-10-2010 08:12 PM

This is great. This makes more sense than some of the chess set characters I’ve seen.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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mrjello

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#15 posted 03-10-2010 08:24 PM

VERY Creative!!! Great Job!!

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