A drunken chess set ...

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 10-21-2013 10:50 PM 2154 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 10-22-2013 01:59 AM

Very cool. Love it.

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

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 10:06 AM

Now thats cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 10:33 AM

Luv it. Way kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 05:08 PM

Outstanding job.
Love the faces on the beer mug pawns

-- Steve--

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#5 posted 10-23-2013 04:02 AM


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#6 posted 10-28-2013 01:59 PM

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 10-28-2013 02:59 PM

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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