Chess pieces for my friends

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Project by KDaddy posted 11-23-2011 11:22 PM 1964 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently had the opportunity to take a class with 6 other people that took the better part of a year. As you might imagine spending so much time studying rather than in my shop led me to “Need a project”. As the class started to wind down I found a gentleman that could source some 8/4 black walnut, and the following chess figures came to life.

I chose chess figures because I hold each recipient in high regard and the 8/4 walnut lent its self to turning very well.

Each chess piece is about 1 3/4 “round and anywhere from 4-6” tall. They were all sanded to 220 and waxed with SC Johnson paste wax.

I hope to make a complete set with a chess board to match. I love the size of the figures for younger players, but wonder how I will get a complete set stored for safe keeping. One thought is to have two separate storage drawers under the chess board but that could lead to setting the board on the floor and using it like a coffee table.

-- So much wood, so little time

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 11:55 PM

Beautiful pieces! I like the design. The larger size should be fun for young and old alike. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 11-24-2011 12:01 AM

I too think the size a good attribute of you set. You’ll figure out a storage solution.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 11-24-2011 12:57 AM


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#4 posted 11-24-2011 04:53 AM

They are beautiful. I have wanted to make some for my grandson. Did you have a pattern? I don’t play chess and I know absolutely nothing about the game or pieces. Where did you get the pattern?

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#5 posted 11-24-2011 02:21 PM

Going with the “one and a half times the diameter of the base of the king” for the size of the squares, this gives you a board 21 inches square. Add a fitted drawer on each side for the pieces plus a nice border around the board, then add a set of legs and a skirt board and you’ll have an heirloom that will be treasured for generations!

A beautiful set like that deserves a beautiful board.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 03:15 PM

As a chess player, we don’t like pieces to fall over.
Checkout the really nice chess sets. They will have 3X or 4x of the weight added.
Drill holes on the bottom and add lead.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#7 posted 11-24-2011 03:43 PM

Very nice. Walnut was a god choice.

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#8 posted 11-24-2011 04:23 PM

Really nice work.

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

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#9 posted 11-25-2011 01:45 AM

i like the big size gives the game some beef do you play chess i do at

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#10 posted 11-25-2011 08:56 PM

Hello KDaddy

I love them

I have to do some pieces like that
A beautiful set
A good design
Nicely done

How many time did you need to turn all the pieces ( with the pawns)?

Thanks for sharing

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

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