Chess Set

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Project by LeroyTheLips posted 07-01-2012 06:09 PM 2461 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chess set from cheap fir leftovers. I used a scrollsaw to shape them (dutch-turning). I developed a way to make it look like marble. For the green pieces I painted them black and while the paint was wet I sponged on some various shades of green. I then took a fine paint brush and made some “marble fissures”. I used acrylic paints and sprayed a sealer. The board is plywood. I am in the process of putting a red oak frame around it. I haven’t decided if I am going to make it into a table or a gameboard. The pieces really fool people. They lift them up and then get a puzzled look on their face since they are so light. The game has a little too much color contrast for me. Certainly adrenalin level on concentration to this game.

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#1 posted 07-01-2012 06:51 PM

That’s a great paint technique. The set looks very nice.

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#2 posted 07-01-2012 06:51 PM

Nice job using what you have available. Not everything has to be made out of exotic or expensive woods. The paint job makes the set looks so”old”.

Oh and hey guys look here, here’s someone who has a Shopmate and uses it. Even if it was just for the picture. (see the post about Shopmates some time back)

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#3 posted 07-01-2012 07:09 PM


That’s some serious scroll saw and finishing discipline.

Can’t imagine the hours and patience involved in this project but what a fine accomplishment in crafting this beautiful Chess Set.

Will this be gifted or kept in your trophy case? :-) – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 07-01-2012 07:32 PM

Thanks. I might keep it, not sure yet.

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 07:35 PM

My only scrollsaw is a Shopsmith. I don’t use the rest of the machine. I love the Shopsmith. Bought it new about 20 years ago.

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#6 posted 07-01-2012 09:22 PM

Wow, I though it was marble at first until I read the description. Beautiful work!

-- Ryan

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#7 posted 07-01-2012 10:16 PM

Wonderful painting technique!

I was sure you did something with marble or something… LOL

Super COOL!!

Did you mask off the Top and do the same type of technique… then, mask-off the other color, etc.??

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 07-01-2012 11:44 PM

Yes I used the same technique. Doing all of one color, I.e. green, then after completing starting other. Taking care to avoid a pattern. You have to work fast because acrylic dries fast. You also need lots of paper towels to use a dry rub. The paint can’t be thick. I thought of this on my own because I didn’t want to spend the money om a marble technique crape they were selling at ARTCO or Michael’s. If you are creative you can do it and use any color you want. Thanks for the compliment.

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#9 posted 07-02-2012 06:32 AM

Well done, it looks just like marble.

-- Vince

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#10 posted 07-02-2012 12:39 PM

nice effect, I like it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 07-02-2012 01:47 PM

Doggone it…. I’m looking at the photos wondering why somebody is posting a marble chess set in a woodworking forum. Amazing technique!

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

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#12 posted 07-02-2012 02:34 PM

This chess set is beautiful. The finish is amazing.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 07-02-2012 02:59 PM

Great technique. Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 07-02-2012 03:05 PM

Must say the chess set looks great, admire the painting technique.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#15 posted 07-02-2012 04:04 PM

Charlie M – if you got upset and thought it was marble…..then I’ve done my job! :•}

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