The Newton, chess celebrating Science

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This is a set that’s all about Sir Isaac Newton and his mathematical contributions to science. The board is based on Newton’s idea of the color wheel. Made from Maple and Walnut. Board measures about 24” square. Kings about 5.5” tall pawns about 2” tall. The pawns were the quickest to make, but it took me a while to make a jig to cut the tetrahedra (sp) shape on a band saw.

Thanks for taking a look!



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#1 posted 1537 days ago

That’s cool. (And I stink at playing chess. But that’s not for this venue.)

So are the colored squares dyed wood or they plastic? If they’re wood (and I suspect they are), a little more information on the process would be interesting.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#2 posted 1537 days ago

Another great chess set Jim! I too am interested in the coloring process of the wood.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#3 posted 1537 days ago

Damn, oops, I mean Wow! That’s some neat cuts there. You must have a good saw. Teach on man, teach on.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 1537 days ago


-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 1536 days ago

That’s very nice. great idea for the pieces. A chess set is something I want to make. Even have the wood ready but not the time.

-- Keep Your Stick On The Ice

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#6 posted 1536 days ago

Unique and beautiful chess board.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 1536 days ago

very unique

-- -erik & christy-

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#8 posted 1536 days ago

Thanks everybody.

The board squares are painted with acrylics for the solid colors. The rows in between the solid colored squares are made with a (very) diluted mixture of the colors on either side, that kind of helped to keep the board sane with rhyme and reason.

If you block out your view of lets say the green squares and just look at the blue squares and the squares between blue and green…the in between squares have a blue hue to them, but if you block out the blue squares and just look at the green squares and the squares between blue and green, they have a green hue to them. Hope I explained that OK…it gives a flow and transition to the colors from ne side of the board to the other.

Bill – they DO take a long time. I try to have three or four or five sets going at the same time to keep it interesting so I can switch from one to another if I get tired of looking at a particular set.


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#9 posted 1536 days ago


Thanks for explaining the coloration process a bit. I didn’t think of blending colors like that. That helped remove the puzzled look on my face.

The results are fantastic.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#10 posted 1535 days ago

N – I – C – E !!!

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

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#11 posted 1533 days ago

Fantastic – just plain awesome!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#12 posted 1532 days ago

That is too cool! Using his color wheel was a great idea for the board and the way you transitioned the color of the squares with the diluted mixture really makes it flow very well. Another beauty!

-- 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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#13 posted 1256 days ago

You are truly a master craftsman. I am very curious to know how you do your carving IE power carving with some hand tools etc. Thanks ED

-- Ed Port Republic

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#14 posted 1256 days ago

wow very nice job indeed, as always you do make a saweeeeet chess set. :)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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