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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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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 581 days ago

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 581 days ago

Good start.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 580 days ago

How are you making those?

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#4 posted 580 days ago

It’s a start. Two down, 30 to go.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 580 days ago

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

-- "Drill as many holes as you want. We have plenty of putty."

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#6 posted 580 days ago

Looks pretty good, nice carving. Keep it up!


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#7 posted 580 days ago

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 578 days ago

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

-- don't out smart your common sense

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#9 posted 577 days ago

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 577 days ago

Nice looking chess pieces. Looks like a fun project.

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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#11 posted 363 days ago

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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