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i am in the process of making a full set of chess pieces… this is what i have so far

-- don't out smart your common sense

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 05:37 AM

Looks like an interesting project.
Are they from plans or your own design

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 05:56 AM

Good start.

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 12:46 PM

How are you making those?

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 12:47 PM

It’s a start. Two down, 30 to go.

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 02:18 PM

That will be a long process but so awesome when complete.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 09:01 PM

Looks pretty good, nice carving. Keep it up!


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#7 posted 01-26-2013 12:18 AM

Very good start, and to Jamie I’m guessing they are Steve Good’s compound cut pieces. They look the same as the set I’m making. I have almost one whole side done, just need 4 more pawns and the white set will be done.

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT -

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#8 posted 01-27-2013 10:51 PM

thank you all for the feedback!! :) i got the plans from

-- don't out smart your common sense

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#9 posted 01-28-2013 03:49 PM

Tbowen, just a little constructive criticism, hope you don’t mind. The slight waviness to your strait cuts can be reduced by slowing down. For example, in the pic below, the long strait cut that makes the body of the pawn each took me about 5-6 full minutes as I was cutting them very slowly (I go slow to the point it almost seems it’ll never get done lol). I also use a fine detail blade, mine are 28TPI (I get em at Lowes, so don’t kow there number (i.e. #7 blade, #5, etc), but they are small enough to fit through a starting hole drilled with a #62 drill bit). I hope you don’t take this as an insult to your work, you have a great start! I simply want to pass on tips I’ve learned from experience. My first few compound cuts were very wavy, as I had never scrolled through wood of that thickness. As you can see below, practice helps lol. I guarantee that each piece will come out better than the last!

Heres the pawn I cut last night. I decided last night I was going to start all over, I’ll give the pine pieces to my daughter (she always begs for em), and I’m going to cut the ‘black’ pieces from red oak and the ‘white’ from poplar.

‘Black’ Pawn

(Approx 30-45 min to cut, and has 2 coats of gloss poly on it)

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT -

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#10 posted 01-28-2013 04:05 PM

Nice looking chess pieces. Looks like a fun project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 09:25 PM

I await for the next piece, maybe I’ll start my set. Was planning to use lathe, but also have SS.

Maybe start “chess piece swap”! Any ideas, size of pieces,etc?

-- "I get more done in a week, than most do before 9am"

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