Handcrafted wooden chess set

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Project by HsMichael posted 175 days ago 1470 views 17 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d like to share with everybody a wooden chess set that I made when I was 16 back in 2012. It features chess pieces including the Egyptian pyramids, Big Ben, the Empire State Building, la Tour Eiffel, the Coliseum & The tower from The Great Wall of China.The set is made entirely from English walnut and sycamore. Although it did not come out exactly as I hoped, I am still happy with it as it is my first attempt at a chess set.

Here's a link to a video about the project
And here's a video of exactly how I made it


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#1 posted 175 days ago

Wow! That is one nice looking Chess Set! So much to see here. It’s a like for me! Nice Work!

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Hope to see more of your work!

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#2 posted 175 days ago

You should be very pleased and proud. That is fantastic.
And the fact that you are 16 is very impressive. The idea is great, the execution is great.
The pyramids while tough to pick up due to shape are not an issue as pawns as they are meant to slide except for castling.

Excellent work.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 175 days ago

Agree with woodshaver, WOW! very nice and a great theme, execution is out of this world.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 175 days ago

Nice set, nicely executed.

60 hours is a lot of time to spend on a project. Good job on pushing through to the end.

Did you design the pieces? If not, where did you find the pattern?

Keep up the good work!

Be Careful!


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#5 posted 175 days ago

Amazing work!

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#6 posted 175 days ago

That’s impressive. Damn, I wish I hadn’t wasted my teens. You’ve got a great future ahead of you.

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#7 posted 175 days ago

Extremely impressive. A lot better than what I was up to at 16. Although to be a stickler for chess rules, it’s supposed to be a dark square on the bottom left corner.

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#8 posted 175 days ago

With this game you can’t lose.


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#9 posted 175 days ago

@BTimmons yeah haha I only realised that mistake once I had finished it. Oh well I can always rotate it 90°.


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#10 posted 175 days ago

Incredible pieces, did you create or download the templates for them?

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#11 posted 175 days ago

@HerbC I used two patterns drawn by Jim Kape (, these were the Eiffel tower and the Coliseum. I designed the remaining four pieces myself.


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#12 posted 175 days ago

@CClark86 Here’s a link to 2 of the patterns The rest I drew myself


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#13 posted 175 days ago

Well impressed with your work :: Great skill & vision well done ::

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#14 posted 175 days ago

Wow, that is really amazing, you have some serious skill, great work

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#15 posted 175 days ago


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