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Project by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 07-20-2017 12:47 PM 1833 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This winter my son suddenly gained an interest in playing chess. Got him a set and we are now at the point where he is beating me..

But: As much as i I love the logic and beaty of the game itself the chess piezes and boards that are available are either baroque overdetailed or kitch ones made from stone, metal etc. Often there is not a lot of difference in the looks of the piezes and that makes the game less easy to read. Yet another field where modernism has a lot to offer!

With simplicity and clarity in mind off to the drawing board. Liked this video a lot (and the soundtrack is METAL, whats not to like?): https://youtu.be/j0wJZCagrZw

Wanted this to be the first project using some hornbeam i milled 2 years ago as this timber is nearly white. For the black piezes i used ipe. Finished with shellac and wax polish.

Qiite a nice game to play. The hard timbers makes for a great sound when the piezes are put down.
Let me know what you think!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda





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majuvla

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#1 posted 07-20-2017 01:06 PM

Very nice set. This kind of figurines I will have on my mind if making chess board some day.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-20-2017 01:16 PM

Nice design. I love it.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 07-20-2017 02:36 PM

Great Job!

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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#4 posted 07-20-2017 02:48 PM

Gotta say, as a chess enthusiast, I typically can’t keep my picky-ness in check (no pun intended) enough to enjoy anything other than a traditional design. That said, this is beautiful, and the piece desing makes sense and looks easy to read. It’d be a pleasure to play on a board like this, great job!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 07-20-2017 04:03 PM

This is a nice piece of work and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 07-20-2017 06:38 PM

I like the chess piece design a lot… I especially like that I think they would be within my skill level to make.

I want to make a chess set for my daughter.

I had considered casting the pieces from lead or pewter and painting them, but I like these quite a bit.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 07-20-2017 10:12 PM

Great design for the chess pieces!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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muesli

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#8 posted 07-21-2017 07:09 AM

Even though I am extremely bad at playing chess, I really like how you designed and made it. I liked your video too. But when it comes to METAL, I very much tend to Roger Murtaugh. :D

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#9 posted 07-21-2017 07:26 AM

Thanks guys!
Lovely to see so many linking my work.

Ivan: Have a go, you´ll be happy!
Dustin: I can totally understandy our point. Guess also that you like what you learn to play on. Glad you like this game as well.
Matt: Have a go. Your daughter will be glad you did. And chess makes for a great time with kids.
Muesli: Thanks! Had to look up Roger Murtaugh. You NEWER get too old for metal!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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MrLaughingbrook

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#10 posted 07-21-2017 10:06 AM

Nice. Please turn the board 90 degrees so that a white square is in the right corner for each player.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#11 posted 07-21-2017 12:29 PM


Nice. Please turn the board 90 degrees so that a white square is in the right corner for each player.

- MrLaughingbrook

Ups. Did’ent see that while taking photos. Will do while playing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#12 posted 07-21-2017 07:57 PM

Very nice Bamse.

—Madts,

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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woodify

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#13 posted 07-21-2017 11:09 PM

Great job. I like the simple design of the pieces.

-- Woodify ~~ https://www.youtube.com/woodified

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#14 posted 07-22-2017 07:25 AM

Thanks guys! Appreciate your support

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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mafe

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#15 posted 09-03-2017 08:56 PM

I think you did it again!
Beautiful design and I can imagine the sound.
Lovely you can share this whit your son, enjoy every game.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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