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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 649 days ago 4530 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just another variation on the Staunton offerings at the website. Thought I would try a four-legged table with the storage drawers. Still messing around with the drawer!

Table dimensions are 32” wide by 27” across by about 28” high. Made from Walnut taken from a very old collapsed Virginia barn and hard Maple. The chess pieces are made from some of the same barn Walnut and American Pear wood. Pear wood was used in chess pieces in Europe in the 1700 and 1800s, then it just disappeared from the chess scene. Pear wood is GREAT to carve and I am constantly searching for more.

Kings stand 5” tall, pawns about 2 and 5/8ths tall. One thing I do different from everybody else is that my knights are one-piece construction, a carved turning. Jacques, HOS, (even their over-priced $1500 sets) they have their knights made in two pieces, the base is separate from the horse body and head, for mass production considerations (the original Jacques also sent their queens and bishops to other companies for the knops (the little round balls at the very tops of those pieces). Doesn’t sound like a big deal, and my pea brain thought everybody made their knights this way, but you should see the reactions of the chess people, its the first thing they notice!

Anyway here’s the first of many I hope.

No more boring Staunton chess sets I promise! Got 6 new designs to get out over the next couple months that are more in line with my ‘normal’ fare.

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/JimArnoldsChessSets





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icemanhank

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#1 posted 649 days ago

Fantastic work, I love it.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David

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#2 posted 649 days ago

Nicely done—the Knights are quit destinctive. Look forward to seeing your future posts of new designs.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Dale

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#3 posted 649 days ago

Beautiful job on both the table and the players, what craftmanship. I enjoy all of your projects but I think my favorite is the War of 1812 (I’m an old sailor). With regard to this table it appears that the playing squares set slightly proud of the table top which adds to its interesting appeal. Thanks for posting, can’t wait for the next one.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 649 days ago

Strength, conviction, skill and the patience of a saint

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 649 days ago

Very Nice Craftsmanship!!! Rich and ellegant!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 649 days ago

Very handsome set.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#7 posted 649 days ago

So very impressive Jim excellent work.

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#8 posted 649 days ago

Great job! Looks absolutely fantastic and the drawers for the pieces was a nice touch.

-- Ben from IL

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#9 posted 649 days ago

Beautiful craftsmanship. But like the card shark with the cards up his sleeve, the picture shows TWO QUEENS, that’s just not fair ! I am not playing with you. ;0) Don

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#10 posted 649 days ago

Love those knights! Your work is always beautiful Jim.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Matthew Harrold

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#11 posted 649 days ago

beautiful, just beautiful, and all those pieces are hand carved? i admire your work sir! very well done!- matthew

-- ''if you don't know what it does... don't f*** about with it'' - Ivan Hill, my grand farther

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JimArnoldChess

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#12 posted 649 days ago

thanks you guys! I’m making a set of Staunton pieces that are going to be used in the championship match of the Phoenix Open Thanksgiving weekend that are similar to these. What I’ve been working towards, for the last dozen sets of these things (18 months), is to make a reproduction set based on the original drawings submitted to the British patent office in 1849 by Nathanial Cook. Even the original Jacques Staunton sets were made different from the original patent drawings so I really appreciate your comments on those guys…I still am not any good at taking pics of ‘lacquered’ stuff, the Walnut pieces are very cool, but look mottled from the light

When I finish this next set, I’ll post pics of the 1849 set, the original Jacques set alongside my rip off designs. The hard part for me is weighting them, 18 months and still using different methods and I’ve destroyed dozens of pieces along the way..getting a little better at it, still trying to come up with a jig that will hold a piece in place and allow a bit to remove almost everything inside it without marring the sides or making me have to re-sand every piece. I’ve used fishing weights from wally world to buckets of old sinkers given to me by fishermen and getting ready to just use tungsten powder and be done with it, but its expensive.

Dale, I sold that War of 1812 Set to a museum in Turkey of all places! I just updated some pics here on that one.

Gpops, I always include an ‘extra’ queen on each side for pawn promotion, like HOS and Jacques. Where I really take advantage of my friends is playing them on the themed sets when they are seeing them for the first time, they don’t have a chance!

thanks again everybody,
Jim

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/JimArnoldsChessSets

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pmayer

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#13 posted 649 days ago

amazing work!

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#14 posted 648 days ago

That is one beautiful set

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#15 posted 648 days ago

Just a thought…..would it be possible to weight your pieces before carving them?

Awesome work, Jim. You’re a true craftsmen!

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