|Project by KnotCurser||posted 08-14-2011 11:39 PM||3947 views||8 times favorited||12 comments|
The first thing I wanted to do when I “Became” a wood worker was to make my own chess set. I don’t know why – I don’t play chess all that much and I’m not that great at it.
I think I was the idea that this was some grand goal that only a REAL wood worker could accomplish. Foolish maybe, but that’s what I thought…........
A couple of months ago, I decided I’ve learned enough and started on my first pieces. What you see here is the finished set – minus the four of five pieces that went into the firewood bucket. ;-)
Woods are white oak and walnut. The bases are are around 1 1/4” square and the queens are a tad over 3” high.
I started with my scroll saw to get the basic shapes cut out – thanks to Steve Good's Patterns for the layouts!
I really wanted them to look like they lived in a tavern for a few dozen years so I took a sanding mop and rasps to them to give them some “character” – no pointy edges and leave all the nicks and scrapes that appear.
Only finish is a soak in lemon oil to give them a bit of protection – I hope they get dinged up even more by playing with them!
I’ll tell you one thing – when you start your first pawn it’s a great feeling! When you are on number 12 and still have four more left it’s a totally different feeling. ;-)
So, do I think I accomplished a major goal in wood working? Maybe…... The verdict is still out.
Now all I have to do is make the chess board – a piece of cake compared to these!
-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.rhoadesclan.com