The Addams Family versus the Munsters Chess Set

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 03-22-2010 11:20 PM 8008 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
The Addams Family versus the Munsters Chess Set
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I wish I had more views of this set to post. This is actually one of my favorites. The pieces are hand carved from Poplar (Munsters then stained in Red Mahogany). For the Addams Family there is Gomez and Morticia, Lurch and Uncle Fester (with the lightbulb sticking out of his mouth) for bishops, Pugsley and Wednesday for the nights (Wednesday is holding her headless Marie Anntionette doll), and cousin It standing on top of a brick pedestal. The pawns are “Thing” is different poses. For the Munsters its Herman and Lilly, Eddie and Grandpa for the bishops, Grandpa’s “Dragula” and the Munster family car for the knights. The rooks are the staircase Herman came down during the opening credits of the old TV series, and yes, the staircase lifts open to reveal ‘Spot’s’ carved head inside.

The board was made with some diamond brite I had, and was kind of difficult to work with, but I liked the effect. Several ‘cracks’ surfaced in the board wrap which I sanded out a bit to make them more prominent (fit the theme!). The board also has two trap door squares that are operated by levers hidden under the board. Pull the lever and the piece falls through the board, release the lever and the square snaps shut like nothing ever happened. On the corners of the board sits the Addams Family Mansion and the Munster home.

Herman (and Lurch) about 9” tall, pawns about 4” tall. The board measures over 34” square. Thought that some of my fellow old foagies might enjoy this one.



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#1 posted 03-22-2010 11:49 PM

Well! Another Winner from MR. Master Of Chess Boards!! LOVE the theme, it was one of my favourite TV shows!

Granpa was my Favourite! I also made a model of the “Munster Mobile” or what ever they called it.
Old Foagies?????? I have a favorite expression. “Aging Is Compulsoy. Growing Old Is Optional.”
OH! Gotta go. The Neighbourhood Kids are at my door again. They probably want play “Knicky Knicky Nine Doors.” (Think I just gave away my age) Except I was born on February 29th. So I only get a Birthday every FOUR Years!! That’s a GOOD THING!! ...LOL…

Great Project, Jim. Thanks for posting.


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 12:12 AM

Excellent….this should go commercial…licensing a problem I suppose…but still…a money maker for both sides…nicely done. You should post more pictures…I’d like to see the detail…at least a little bit.

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 12:26 AM

Superb. Two of my favourite shows of the day.

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 01:08 AM

Very cool set. Love the idea of the trap doors and the opening staircase rook.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 01:20 AM

Another amazing chess set. I like cousin It as the rooks. What are the addams family pawns as its hard to tell. Are they the hand?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 03-23-2010 02:53 AM

Very impressive set from what I can tell from the picture. To bad you do not have more pictures.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 04:01 AM

Very creative, I looked forward to watching those shows as a kid…somtimes even now.
Thanks for sharing this project.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 01:27 PM

really cool – wish you had more pics

-- -erik & christy-

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 02:47 PM

This is really great, also wish you had more pics. I would like to see some of the carvings close up. Again Great job!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#10 posted 03-24-2010 04:30 PM

I have to agree, a wonderful set and I too would like to see more photos if at all possible. The trap doors and the lifting staircase are both a fantastic addition. Your carvings are beautiful and fun. I’m not much of a chess fan, but am a huge fan of your sets. You are a very gifted craftsman and I can’t wait to see more!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 03-24-2010 04:46 PM

What are the Munsters’ pawns?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 03-25-2010 09:21 PM

The Munster pawns are different views of bats in a tree, a couple were hanging upside down on the branches, a few had a bat flying in the background. I was really stumped on what to do for their pawns!


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#13 posted 03-26-2010 05:30 PM

I laugh everytime I see one of your themes, so so creative! I still say insane but we’ve talked about that.
Super super job.


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#14 posted 04-01-2010 02:17 PM

I love it. Great imagination.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#15 posted 07-02-2010 09:46 PM

hey great project!!! I loved both of those long did it take you to make this from start to finish?

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