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The Scottish Wars for independence Chess Set

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 1598 days ago 5354 views 29 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an idea for a set that came to me in the middle of the (k)night. Woke up ran into the shop and completely sketched out the entire idea, and then went back to sleep.

Measures about 36” square at the base and about 17” from the bottom of the castle wall to the top of the rooks’ spires. Pieces measure about 2” square at the base. Made from Walnut, Maple, and some Basswood.

The Kings and Queens are King John of Scotland and his wife…King Edward I and his wife. There are two sets of flags, whoever wins the game gets to raise their country’s flag over the castle, the same as back in that day, often times the same castle would be won and lost over and over during the course of the 30 year War. The knights have a carved knight’s helmet on the top and show their respective country’s coat of Arms. All of the pieces sit in these “sleds” (for lack of a better word). When the sleds (pieces) are all together at the start of the game they form their own castle wall.

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/JimArnoldsChessSets





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Alonso

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#1 posted 1598 days ago

Amazing!!! nicely done

Alonso

ps. Welcome to LJ’s

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1598 days ago

Wow, that is SOME chess set!

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

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rwyoung

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#3 posted 1598 days ago

Absolutely fantastic!

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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Vince

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#4 posted 1598 days ago

This is too cool, good thing you documented your ideas. I come up with project ideas in the middle of the night just to lose them in the morning.
Well done on your chess set.

-- Vince

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Lupo

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#5 posted 1598 days ago

I carry a note pad with me wherever I go!!!! Great idea and work. Well done.

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Toughskin

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#6 posted 1598 days ago

This definitely has the WOW affect. Nice chest set!

-- Dan - Marion, Iowa - Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone

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WayneC

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#7 posted 1598 days ago

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Monty Queen

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#8 posted 1598 days ago

Awesome job on the chest set. I know it took a while to make that. Superb.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Derek Lyons

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#9 posted 1598 days ago

A fascinating concept and wonderful execution… but the pieces seem a bit out of proportion. It would seem to be a bit hard to play given the large size of the pieces and how they obscure the board.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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bb71

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#10 posted 1598 days ago

That is incredible. Very very nice job!

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Tim29

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#11 posted 1598 days ago

amazing work. theyll fight like warrior poets, and win their freedom.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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sras

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#12 posted 1598 days ago

Wonderful idea! Excellent job on making it a reality! What a fun chess set!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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stevo_wis

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#13 posted 1598 days ago

UNbelievable. Very nice.

-- Stevo

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Eric_S

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#14 posted 1598 days ago

Amazing job! I think this might be my new favorite chess board. Have you had a chance to play on it yet? Do the exterior walls get in the way?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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woodsmithshop

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#15 posted 1598 days ago

very nicely done.

-- Smitty!!!

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