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Custom Chess Set, Board and Case no 2

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Project by Alan Young posted 07-26-2011 05:08 PM 3354 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was in my early 20’s I turned several steel chess sets on a lathe in my Dad’s shop. In the spring of 2011, I buffed up the chess sets and refinished them in enamel, then made a new chess board with storage case for each set. I gave these as graduation presents to my my two sons who each each graduated from college. This is the set for my oldest son -O’Neill. Who graduated last spring in Culinary Arts. I didn’t finish this in time for the graduation but he is finishing up work on a house he bought and we’ll have a house warming party later this week. So it’s now a house warming gift too.

The finish is oil and shellac except for the playing surface where I used a two-part epoxy “Mirror Coat”...

The board is maple and walnut veneer over BB ply. In my haste to finish I realized too late that the veneers were not of equal thickness. There is a slight level difference between the two color squares. So my remedy was to flood a layer of the epoxy over the playing surface-the boarder keep the epoxy from leaving the playing surface….

The case is made from an Ash tree from the yard where I grew up in rural Grand Forks, North Dakota. The drawer fronts and the bottom trim are Walnut, and the top border is Maple and Walnut. I made the handles from brass stock.

Each set can reside in it’s own compartmentalized drawer.

You can see a similar set with board and case that I finished earlier this spring at the link here.

-Alan
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/47530





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BarbS

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 05:28 PM

Wow Alan. just… Wow. The epoxy was a great idea to fix the different levels. It look very very good. Your kids will all be stunned with these. Nice work, again!

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 05:54 PM

Alan, Gorgeous piece.
Congratulations to O´Neil on his graduation.

The board looks impressive. That is a wonderful present.

Both O´Neil and Spencer will be proud and will treasure such presents.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#3 posted 07-26-2011 06:18 PM

Hey where is mine? My graduation was 7 years ago :). Great job on the set, it makes a great graduation/housewarming present.

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 07:25 PM

Thanks for the detailed discussion and photos. Nice work.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 07:38 PM

Hello Alan

You have done a fantastic and wonderful work

I want to make my piece with my lathe and your project inspire me

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 07-26-2011 07:43 PM

Wow, this is a beauty! congrats for the graduation and I’m sure they will enjoy the set their life time!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#7 posted 07-26-2011 07:55 PM

Outstanding! Nice photography as well.

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

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#8 posted 07-26-2011 07:55 PM

Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#9 posted 07-26-2011 09:41 PM

Stunning!!!

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

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#10 posted 07-27-2011 12:31 AM

Wow! Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 07-27-2011 01:08 AM

I agree with Charlie, the photography is first class and the chess set isn’t bad either.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#12 posted 07-27-2011 05:06 AM

If you play chess half as well as you build boards I don’t think I will challenge you to a game!
Nice job!

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#13 posted 07-27-2011 01:36 PM

Just awesome.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#14 posted 07-27-2011 08:16 PM

I appreciate all the complementary words. Thanks everyone
-Alan!

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#15 posted 07-28-2011 11:42 AM

Great work on this , very nice post.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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