Nutcracker Chess Set

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 04-06-2013 03:28 PM 2755 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The second edition of this difficult set. I really didn’t care for the way the first one came out and got the chance for a do-over recently.

This version is much stronger and has about 75 less pieces in the ‘pieces’. I changed the queen to better reflect the story and may make a 1” nutcracker for her to hold in her hands. The set plays well. The board has 2.5” squares and probable could have used 2.75 or 3” squares.

I prefer to carve when I make these things…this set has carving, turning, manufacturing, production, drawing, I really don’t like to make it, but it looks VERY cool in person!



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#1 posted 04-06-2013 03:29 PM

The board is in the middle of finishing…
The pieces (except for the ballerina queen) are all functioning, albeit ornamental, nutcrackers.


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#2 posted 04-06-2013 03:37 PM

Very nice set. I like that you took the time to make them functioning. All your boards are exceptional.

-- Mel,

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#3 posted 04-06-2013 03:41 PM

Jim this set is a cracker.
The chance to do another set is great.

-- 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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#4 posted 04-06-2013 03:58 PM

Hi Jim,

I really like this Chess Set you have definitely mastered making chess sets!! This would be a great set to play on at Christmas time, sitting in front of a fireplace!

How many hours would you say it takes you to make this full set?

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 04-06-2013 04:09 PM

I really have to say that this is a very nice chess set. It’s a wonderful eye catcher and conversation piece.

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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#6 posted 04-06-2013 04:47 PM

Awesome job, and the creativeness and craftsmanship is 2nd to none. Thanks for posting

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 04-06-2013 04:58 PM

Looks very cool from here too! Great Job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 04-06-2013 05:01 PM

What a cool set Jim. Very nicely done…. and even with just photos, you can almost hear these guys march. But I gotta tell you…. that looks like a LOT of work!

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

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#9 posted 04-06-2013 07:14 PM

Wow this is amazingly cool great job Jim.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 04-06-2013 10:16 PM

Wow!!! amazing.

-- Dave -

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#11 posted 04-07-2013 12:21 AM

Amazing, looks fantastic. Great set but I can see this took some serious time to make.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 04-07-2013 10:53 AM

Great job! I love it


-- Guy,PEI

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#13 posted 04-07-2013 11:43 AM

Wow! What a fantastic set. Really like em a lot

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 04-07-2013 04:46 PM

WOW! I love that!

Great work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 04-09-2013 04:08 PM

Your chess set looks spectacular and amazing! Like the unique designs and wood combo. Impressive!

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