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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 05-27-2011 10:44 AM 1642 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is in the shape of rook to house all chass pieces. The cylindrical box can be opened in two halves holding themselves like a hinge and they swing around unseen metal pin. The two halves will entwine with each other when the box is closed making shuting line almost invisible, as in picture # 1.
I tryed to make the segments look like rocks by using the endgrain side of black wood to be on the surface and it looked exactly what I wanted, until I polished the box. It became too dark.
I turned the chass pieces as you see them in picture #6 without knighs. I found difficulty in carving them, I dont have any carving equipments. I still working on them and the board. I bought the set you see in the other pictures, it is made in India and unexpectedly cheep. Pictures # 3 & 4, they are marching home during ceas fire.
NOTE: It is totally my own idea and design.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 11:32 AM

Outstanding, Sam… I love it…

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

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 12:21 PM

Great idea Sam. Very nice.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 12:30 PM


What a great looking tower. I think many chess makers are going to get inspired by it.

well done

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 02:21 PM

Nice work and a really cool idea.

-- Russ

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 02:55 PM

Very impressive!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 03:26 PM

Brilliant idea and execution, Sam

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 04:01 PM

Great idea, combined with your ability to make another beautiful project. You must have turned these
half cylinders separately, and they still fit and hinge together so flawlessly. I am still trying to wrap my
brain around this assembly process. Thank you for sharing and making me stretch my brain once again.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 05-27-2011 04:28 PM

Wonderful work Sam

A very cool


-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 05-28-2011 04:04 AM

Splendid Tower Sam. And turned chessmen look great.

Cool idea on the Trojan Tower. Love it

-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 05-28-2011 04:05 AM

very neat idea!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 05-28-2011 01:21 PM

Sam you really do come up with a lot of really good idea’s…this one is no exception.. well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#12 posted 05-28-2011 02:00 PM

Hi Bluepine, I turned the cylindrical part as one piece, not two halves by using two ring bands to keep them closed. I had to move the bands, left and right to finish turning the cylinder. I turned the base and the top seprately and glued the three parts together later. Thank you all for your comments and I hope you enjoyed my Trojan Tower.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#13 posted 05-29-2011 02:47 AM

For someone who is not a carver you did a great job Sam.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 05-30-2011 01:51 AM

Thanks, Monty, for your comment. Hope to see you again in the Show.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#15 posted 05-30-2011 02:08 AM

WOW! Great design and beautiful craftsmanship.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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