A drunken chess set ...

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 311 days ago 1005 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project generated out of a crooked chess board – bottom line is that I screwed up. The table saw fence was knocked about 3 degrees out and I didn’t notice. The net result was I sliced up swiss pear and leopard wood to the tune of a $100 easy in wood and it was crooked. Damn it … I glued it up anyway and made a drunken chess board … which is hard to see in a photograph (not the one on the cedar slab) ... but it’s enough make you a little queezey looking at it in real life. Especially if you’re feeling that annoying OCD nagging from being the idiot that cut the thing crooked to start.

So – solution? – My father (Stan) whittled up a drunken chess set w/ Capt Morgan type figures, beer mugs with faces, drunk fryers, and other such characters. This was a just for fun project that gave us a whimsical chess set to use to display our otherwise very formal boards.

Whittled in basswood and poplar – acrylic paints.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 310 days ago

Very cool. Love it.

-- 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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#2 posted 310 days ago

Now thats cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 310 days ago

Luv it. Way kool.

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#4 posted 310 days ago

Outstanding job.
Love the faces on the beer mug pawns

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#5 posted 309 days ago


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#6 posted 304 days ago

Totally cool chess set! Unique and fun design on the pieces and the chess table looks amazing. Great work!

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#7 posted 304 days ago

I love that. It’s a wonderful 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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