Train Robbery at Straker Flats Chess Set

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 1326 days ago 3153 views 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This set is for a juried comp. in July.

Another massive set, it measures over 32” square. The Kings are about 4” long by 2” wide by 8-9” tall, pawns about 2” by 4” by 4” tall.

Wasn’t completely done…still have to put wheels on the locomotive and the cars, find the Walnut king who went riding off, sand everything and re-finish. I’ve played several games on it and its a BLAST!

Solid Maple and Walnut throughout. For the cow skulls, I glued wooden horns on some old rat skulls I found in the shop (JUST KIDDING…those are all Maple too).

5 more sets to do over the next three weeks then I get to celebrate the holidays…can’t wait!

Thanks for looking everybody and I want to especially thank you for all of your great ideas, suggestions, and humbling comments on my posts!

....a Lumberjock set (suggested by a fellow LJ’er) can’t be far away….



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#1 posted 1326 days ago

Your chess sets blow me away every time. I like the old west style in this one.

If you have any pics of the king and queen do you think you could post those when you have time? They are too far away in pics to see what I’m sure is amazing detail.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#2 posted 1326 days ago

Fantastic! Beautiful work and I love the idea for themed chess sets. New to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 1326 days ago

Remarkable…...... very nice.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 1326 days ago

“For the cow skulls, I glued wooden horns on some old rat skulls I found in the shop (JUST KIDDING…those are all Maple too).” LOL

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#5 posted 1326 days ago

Great imagination and execution!

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

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#6 posted 1326 days ago

Jim, all I have to say is WOW!!!!!!!!!! This is fantastic. Just one question, how long did it take you to do this. Thanks for posting!

-- 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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#7 posted 1326 days ago

thanks you guys!

Eric, I’ll post some close ups soon…I purposely avoided them in these pics, but the carvings of the people riding in the cars is pretty cool. The King is rather rotund and will be smoking a cigar, the queen is looking through opera glasses at the robbers with her mouth hanging open, and the bishops are old Cardinal looking types, also the big King is missing too. I’m just hoping this will be enough to get juried in.

Haven’t figured out the time yet, maybe around a month, Gary. Normally I like to take my time and work on three or four sets at the same time, but I had to rush this one


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#8 posted 1326 days ago

Wow….wonderfull job you made there :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#9 posted 1326 days ago

Creative and wonderfully executed work as always Jim. You are most definitely the Chess Master. Just amazing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 1326 days ago

Jim – I’m always amazed at your sets. I think this is one of my favorites. Keep up the good work.

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#11 posted 1326 days ago

Holy smokes! That is so cool. Wow, nice job…heh-heh.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#12 posted 1326 days ago

Wow Wow Wow, just incredible.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#13 posted 1326 days ago

That’s a set I would love to play with

-- wishIstillhadaclydesdaleinmyfrontyard

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#14 posted 1326 days ago

Very cool!

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#15 posted 1326 days ago

That is amazing work! I love it!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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