Chess table & pieces

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Project by MontanaBob posted 04-02-2011 07:35 PM 2949 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

walnut & maple 31×31x28. 3-d cut pieces on scroll saw….Thanks to Steve Good at, and thanks to Steve at Mere Mortals for the idea in the first palce…..The pieces are walnut and a tight grain fir or pine???..... I couldn’t get a cut without burning the wood when I tried to use the maple. The finish is britchwood casey tru oil….. a form of BLO…... I tried poly but didn’t like the look….It now sits in the son’s house ready to play….

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 08:13 PM

Really nice board and pieces, Bob. I like the way you mirrored the light stripe on the dark top with the dark stripe on the light apron. I never thought of cutting pieces on a scroll saw, but those look great.

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

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 12:25 AM

Great work Bob. I love the design, the woods used and the excellent craftsmanship. I’m adding this to my favourites. Thanks for posting.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#3 posted 04-03-2011 03:37 AM

Thanks for you kind words….. Bob

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#4 posted 04-03-2011 03:57 AM

Wonderful, Bob. While the chess pieces are marvelous, I really like the chess table. I have a set of cherry and hard maple chess pieces in my workshop ready to be scrollsawn…..I’ll get around to cutting them out one of these days.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#5 posted 04-03-2011 01:26 PM

I’ve made chess boards (but not as nice as yours), and I’ve turned a few pawns (that my puppy chewed up), but I never attempted to make 32 pieces.
Great job.

-- Steve--

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Kenny Blackburn

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#6 posted 04-03-2011 05:28 PM

Great looking table! Looks like a fun project!

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Alan Young

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#7 posted 04-06-2011 03:34 PM

So attractive!. Making a board and piece holder for each of my sons as they are graduating from college soon-Thanks for the inspiration.

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#8 posted 01-21-2012 12:32 AM

That’s really sharp. Simple,elegant, and good looking. Makes me wanna go play a game. You did well.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 12-08-2012 01:52 AM

well i wanted to see your work , so i popped into your chess boards and this one here is mighty nice, i love walnut and your use of it here really sets this chess board as a special board, a great set up to sit and play, i have never made any chess pieces and really like what you did here with the scroll saw…oh and my name is bob also..ive been to Montana myself and love your home..ive got a friend in bozeman…when we came though there in 1996 we stayed for a few days…a great time, we were moving down from Alaska to come to Alabama, a family need…but anyway thanks for your interest in my project…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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