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Project by Les Casteel posted 1602 days ago 5412 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 1602 days ago

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 1602 days ago

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 1602 days ago

Very nicely done a unique idea thanks for sharing.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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hrvoje

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#4 posted 1602 days ago

that is so cool :D:D:

-- hrvoje

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Donlore

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#5 posted 1602 days ago

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 1602 days ago

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 1602 days ago

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 1602 days ago

Very cool.

-- mrg

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lumberdustjohn

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#9 posted 1602 days ago

Nice job!
Great conversational piece.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Box

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#10 posted 1602 days ago

Fantastic !!! Great.

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 1602 days ago

I love it!

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

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stefang

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#12 posted 1602 days ago

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 1602 days ago

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 1602 days ago

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

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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mrjello

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#15 posted 1602 days ago

VERY Creative!!! Great Job!!

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