|Project by jeepturner||posted 09-11-2011 01:49 AM||1357 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
I haven’t done a lot of posting lately. This is the reason why. My daughter has been challenging me to build a chess set, mainly because of the cutting boards I made after being inspired by the folks on this web site. After all the cutting boards I would make she would say something like, “That is a real nice cutting board, but you can’t play chess on it”.
I should also say that I told her some time ago that I would make her a chess set. It would have taken me longer to get around to it, if it wasn’t for the projects and people on this site. So thanks to all of you who share your talent here. As it is, the thing took me six weeks of my free time. I don’t get all that much free time, but it still took me longer than I would want.
My daughter helped with the carving details on the knights!
I don’t have a duplicator for my lathe. All the pieces were cut one at a time using the measure compare and cut process. Some of the pawns have some character. I actually cut twenty pawns so I could toss out the four that were rugged individualist, refusing to conform.
This is technically a finish project, but I am going to add a box that will sit under the board and hold the pieces.
The board is maple, walnut with a purple heart border. The finish on the board is a water based poly wipe on.
The pieces are maple. The white pieces are bleached. The black pieces are dyed with RIT and then burnished.
All the pieces have seven coats of sprayed (rattle can) poly.